Maxim Sarychau

Maxim Sarychau is a photojournalist and visual artist, based in Minsk, Belarus. Sarychau works on long-term visual projects where he refers to the topics of violence of various forms and levels, both from authoritarian societies or within traditional society. He focuses on political and human dimensions of collective memory and history. Sarychau graduated from various photography educational courses and programs in Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, and Russia.

He has been exhibited internationally: Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), Art Museum of Chóngqìng (China), Museum of Genocide Victims (Lithuania), Contemporary Art Space (Georgia), Tbilisi History Museum (Georgia), Gallery of Classic Photography (Russia), Pavlov’s dog gallery (Germany).

Ingrid Falk

Ingrid Falk is an artist with a pedagogical interest towards society who is based in Stockholm, Sweden and Barcelona, Spain. She works with participatory, Contemporary Art in public space. She holds a Ph Mag from Stockholm University Department of Education in Arts and Professions and is a tutor at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design. She is a co-creator of FA+ where the sign + stands for collaboration and collective making. Her project, THE UNIVERSAL LIBRARY, is an ongoing endless street art project.  Falk has made reports for the Swedish national board for culture and for the Stockholm City Cultural Department and has initiated education programs for artists to work in schools and with public art. FA+ is represented in collections in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Argentina and Cuba.

Alina Dzeravianka

Alina Dzeravianka is a cultural manager based in Brest, Belarus. She is a project director at Brest Fortress Development Foundation, lecturer at the European College of Liberal Arts in Belarus and teacher the course Art and Social Change. She was a coordinator of the  artist in residency program in 2018 at the independent cultural venue, Prastora KH. Dzeravianka worked as a Country Coordinator for Belarus for the EU project Culture and Creativity (2015-18), she was a project manager at Association of Cultural Managers in Moscow, Russia (2010-13), a coordinator at the architectural festival Archstoyanie in Russia (2011-12), and a coordinator at the international art residency program in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia (2012), among others. Dzeravianka holds a MA degree in Cultural management from MSSES (Moscow, Russia) and a MA in Comparative History from EHU (Vilnius, Lithuania). She is a member of ICOM Belarus, Association of Cultural Managers (Russia).

Nils Claesson

Nils Claesson is an artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Claesson works with animation, text, film and contemporary art. Since 2011, he participated in the building of an environment for artistic research in Sweden. In September 2011, he received his PhD in Fine Arts from The Film and Media Department at Stockholm University of the Arts. For the moment he is employed as a researcher at the Royal Institute of Art in a project named Workawork: a cross-disciplinary research about the role of work in a society where machines and artificial intelligence is challenging the traditional form of work.

Claesson has a history in making projects in dialogue with Eastern Europe. Between 1998-2009, he led several projects with the aim of bringing artists together and creating a dialogue between artists from the Baltic states, Belarus, Russia, and the Ukraine. He participated in a group-show at the gallery of The Art Academy in Minsk with a work named The Contract, where he hired a Belarusian artist for one month who was tasked with not making art.

Tania Arcimovich

Tania Arcimovich is a researcher, curator, and art critic, based in Minsk, Belarus. She graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts in Minsk (Department History of Theatre) and received Master in Sociology (Cultural Studies) from the European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania). Since 2009, she is an active member of the Belarusian cultural community. She is a member of the East European Performing Arts Platform.

In 2014-2015, she was awarded a fellowship from the AIR program, CCA Ujazdowski Castle (Poland) and Akademie Solitude (Germany). Since 2016, she has been teaching a course on modern theatre at the  European Liberal Arts College in Minsk. Since 2014, she has been curating exhibitions, moderating discussions, and making cultural and educational projects (lectures, discussions, presentations) in collaboration with Goethe Institute in Minsk, Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lohvinau publishing house, Month of Photography in Minsk, TEART Theatre festival, and others. She is a founder of ziErnie Performative Arts Platform and an editor of pARTisan magazine. She is a curator of the Art Village Kaptaruny.

Nicolay Spesivtsev

Nicolay Spesivtsev is an artist and researcher based in Moscow, Russia. With a technical background as a computer scientist, Spesivtsev combines a critical approach to computer science that is interwoven with computational economies and queer futurism. He works with imaginations born from overlapping technological, economical, and political landscapes in present day culture.

His interests include solidarity born from affective labor, critical approaches to emancipation of joy from assemblages of bodies of living subjects (human and non-human), and systems based on computation, digital decolonialism in Eastern Europe, among many others.

He is part of the group eeefff  and Flying Cooperation. He co-organizes the annual event WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! in Minsk.


(non)work

On one hand, treating artistic practice as work is emancipatory as it allows us to take care of our energy, demand decent working conditions and support. On the other hand, in existing precarity, it leads to the situation where we are turned into self-managers, striving for self-sustainability, when everything we do is a work, we are 100% responsible for it. So maybe we should instead demand to be lazy, unproductive, and uncreative, without being stressed and guilty? We suggest to explore the notions of artistic work and non-work.

We want to challenge the traditional values around the ‘work-line’, to question colonisation by economic demands, imagine a less work-centered future and raise new sensibilities for idleness, unproductivity and alternative pleasures. The group (non)work focuses on cultural conditions of (non)work, emotional labor, critique of self-management and self-sustainability, political meanings of laziness and refusal to work, among other issues.

Contributors:

Nils Claesson, Olia Sosnovskaya, Nicolay Spesivtsev, Dzina Zhuk

Dzina Zhuk

Dzina Zhuk is an artist and tech-politics researcher based in Moscow, Russia. She is part of the group eeefff  and Flying Cooperation. She co-organizes the annual event WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! in Minsk. Her alter-ego bitchcoin works with voice, audio, future beats and sci-fi synth.

Her major interests include jeopardized interfaces; emotional effects of algorithms; non-anthropocentric view towards machine intelligence; and imaginary scenarios of the present day.

Olia Sosnovskaya

Olia Sosnovskaya is an artist, researcher, and writer, based in Vienna, Austria. She holds a BA and MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania) and joint Erasmus Mundus MA in Dance Practice, Knowledge and Heritage. She is currently a PhD candidate in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She works with text and performative and visual practices. Her research interest also include the problematics of festivity, collectivity and affect; body, dance, gender and decolonial studies; contemporary modes of work and leisure and their intersection.

She is a member of the artistic-research group Problem Collective and the WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! working group. She took part in various performance and media festivals and group exhibitions in Belarus, Ukraine, Sweden, Germany, Bulgaria, Finland, and others.