Lives and works in Minsk, Belarus. He graduated from the Gymnasium-College of Arts named after I.O. Akhremchik in 2009 and the Department of Graphics at Belarusian State Academy of Arts in 2015. Hramovich has been a member of Problem Collective since 2016. In his art he addresses memory, history of art and architecture, and their influence on politics.
Frida Klingberg is a contemporary artist based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She currently holds a position as the process leader for public art in Gothenburg City. She is a board member of Index – The Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm. She has been the head teacher at the art school Gerlesborgsskolan Bohuslän. Frida Klingberg holds a BFA from the School of Photography, Valand Academy (Gothenburg) and an MFA from Konstfack University of Crafts and Design (Stockholm).
Elisabeth Kovtiak is a PhD student at Charles University in Prague. In her studies, she is focusing on the role of arts in citizen activism, collective memory, trauma and identity in Belarus other post-Socialist countries. Apart from doing scholarly research, she experiments with artistic techniques such as video making, installations and embroidery, addressing social issues and cultural challenges in her works. Prior to starting her work as a researcher, she worked as a columnist and journalist, writing on Culture and Visual Arts. She also worked as a project manager at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Minsk and on a range of independent cultural initiatives. Her academic interests include collective memory, digital scholarship in social studies, memory studies, nostalgia, popular culture, public spaces, sociology of forgetting, vernacular memory, and visual studies.
Anton Barysenka is a researcher. He lives and works in Minsk, Belarus. He graduated from the Belarusian State University with a degree in information and communication. He studied philosophy within the frame of Erasmus Mundus program for academic mobility, Philosophy of Emotions at Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi (Ankara, Turkey), and in the program Philosophy and Literature and Cultural Analytics in Belarusian Collegium (Minsk). He received a Master degree from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia) in Integrated Social Analysis – with a defended thesis The Social Sleep Waking Routine, Students’ Timing. He has published articles with pARTisan, Bookster, Kalektar, and Sociology of power. His research interests include: sociology of knowledge, visual and cultural studies, and anthropology of sleep.
Antonina Stebur is a curator and researcher. She graduated from EHU (Vilnius) with a degree in Contemporary Visual and Cultural Research, and from Chto Delat? School of Engaged Art. Field of interests: community, horizontal communication, fem-criticism, history, social choreography.
Chiara Valli is a postdoc researcher at the department of Conservation at Göteborg University, Sweden. Her research interests include critical urban studies, urban and social geography, political theory, and critical heritage studies. Her current postdoctoral research investigates issues of cultural heritage, urban change, neoliberal urbanism, gentrification, marginalization, and resistance, with a focus on Göteborg, Sweden. She received her PhD degree in Social and Economic Geography from Uppsala University in 2017 with a thesis titled “Pushing borders. Cultural workers in the restructuring of post-industrial cities.” Her doctoral research critically explored the agency and positioning of cultural workers in the restructuring of contemporary cities, in relation to processes of gentrification, precariousness, and political resistance by studying New York City and Milan as empirical cases.
Selected publications: Valli, C. (2017). “Pushing borders: Cultural workers in the restructuring of post-industrial cities.” PhD Dissertation, Uppsala University. Valli, C.(2016). “A sense of displacement: Long-time residents’ feelings of displacement in gentrifying Bushwick, New York.”International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(6): 1191-1208, Wiley. Valli, C. (2015). “When cultural workers become an urban social movement. Political subjectification and alternative cultural production in the Macao movement, in Milan.” Environment and planning in SAGE Journal: A, 47(3): 643-659
Denis Romanovski is an artist and organiser based in Göteborg. As an organiser, he has been running and producing numerous international and local art events, festivals, and exchange projects such as: Net Art Meetings (Minsk, 2001), RAM7 (2005), international performance festival Navinki (Minsk, 1999-2008), PALS – Performance Art Links festival in Stockholm. His artistic practice ranges from performance art to interactive and technology based art, artistic investigations, and other similar tactics. His performances often focus on dynamic relations between the members of the audience, creating situations for individual expressions and experience of collective awareness. Denis Romanovski is actively involved in several artist run organisations: Gallery54, Konstepidemin, Fylkingen, and other.
The main focus of the group’s research is the hidden or private lives of artists whose life is mostly unknown and invisible both to the public and artistic community. What about other social roles of artists – being a son/ a daughter, a wife/ a husband, a mother/ a father etc.? What is the conditions of their everyday life? The aim of the group is to deconstruct the stereotypical overview that the Belarusian society has about being an artist and to present a non-public image of the cultural worker. The poor economical situation in the art field will be reflected through analysis of the work the artist performs that is not related to art but which generates the main income for artists and creates the opportunity to make art in the first place. That activity mostly is hidden and not presented in artistic CVs and bios because the forces of the art market could consider this as a ‘shameful’ part of their biographies that undermines the sparkling figure of ‘real’ artist. The group Hidden Life will also touch on concepts of work and labor in Post-Soviet and Capitalist societies. The work of the group includes research, text-based, and visual contributions.
Tania Arcimovich, Maksim Sarychau