The newest generation of young Russian artists is invited to Helsinki as part of HIAP's Changing Places Program. Post-communist scepticism towards any totalizing, all-encompassing system in times of market absolutism is typical of the artistic practice of the invited artists-in-residence. In part this scepticism derives from two decades of high hopes for capitalism gone sour. Yet the aversion to ideological dogma, now in the form of pre-packaged market solutions, is instilled by the experience of failed communism. For the invited artists-in-residence, poetics are an essential element of their practice. Poetics and politics are interwoven in such a way as to leave space for imagination, for new interpretations to arise.
Concept developed by curator Marita Muukkonen
This new program is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.