Open Call

7.10 — 31.10.22
Cheboksary
We invite artists to take part in the open competition of the Chuvash Biennale of Contemporary Art
The deadline for submission is Jule 10
The biennale topic “X Stories: memory of future» refers to many tales, fables and legends, which are the cultural and ethnographic heritage of the Chuvash Republic, as well as to how we can create our common future using them.
Every story, every oral tradition, and every narrative passed down within families is a small piece of a vast canvas that today can barely be completely reconstructed. We are used to the fact that even the most improbable legends must be based on quite tangible facts, and the vast majority of Chuvash material culture objects from the pre-Christian period (until the middle of the 16th century) have been lost or destroyed. Runic writing of the same period is difficult to decipher. However, the Chuvash people save the memory the memory of their heritage, forefathers and ancient rituals, the culture, signs of which are gleaned today and often restored using scarcely perceptible traces.

Due to its transmission almost exclusively by oral means, the republic's cultural history also proved to be incredibly fragile. All this creates a shaky but lively ground capable of accepting all kinds of interpretations and renderings today, fictional and otherwise. The memory kept by the Chuvash people becomes the productive environment. Intricate and occasionally strange flowers with unexpected beauty can grow and already grow in it. The memory is a non-material movable remembrance storage, which becomes a source for construction of the future containing old memories and simultaneously weaves the past in the scarcely perceptible present moment. This future growing based on the past and the present is not separated from the reality of other Russia nations and the whole world. Parts of our common future will be intertwisted and bound.

We invite artists to join us in thinking about how the history of our heritage can be conveyed today. It will not only be about Chuvashia. We are looking to understand how the rich and distinctive history of an individual nation is intertwined with the many histories of other regions and countries.

We will team up with artists to try and answer the question of how the problems of preserving our own historicity can resonate, how we try to hold on to what we have inherited from previous generations, and whether we can pass it on to our posterity.

We are looking to tell the story of how personal, historical, familial, and cultural heritage grows into what today we call modernity, and what tomorrow we will call them our common memory about the future of the common world.
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Natalya Serkova
Philosopher, curator, and art theorist
Natalya Serkova, b. 1988, Russia. Received a MA in Philosophy in RSUH, Moscow. Сo-founder (together with the artist Vitaly Bezpalov) of TZVETNIK, a media platform that explores and promotes contemporary art from around the globe, and of educational project Tzchool.

Curated art projects in Moscow, Krasnodar, Berlin, Vienna et al. cities. Co-curator (as part of TZVETNIK) of the 2021/22 curatorial season at ISSMAG gallery, Moscow.

Her book That What Might Be Given («То, что может быть дано»), in a genre of theory fiction, was first published in 2017 in Russian. Contributor to Moscow Art Magazine, e-flux journal, RevistaArta, isthisit?, OFluxo et al. contemporary art focused media.

Currently based in Moscow, Russia.
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Anna Zavediy
Сurator, head of special programs of the North-Western branch of the Pushkin State Museum
Curator of art-residency in Kronstadt (2018-2020), curator of special projects of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Curatorial forum.

Author and producer of a series of video interviews with artist STUDIO STUDIES. Lumen Prize jury (London, 2018-2021). Curator of exhibition projects in Osnova gallery, Myth Gallery, FFTN, NAMEGALLERY, Wynwood hotel etc.

Co-curator of the exhibition project “Paradise Engineering” for the Museum Line program (2019), Cyfest-11 festival (2018) and the Seminaria Sogninterra festival of media art (Maranola, 2018).

Lives and works in St. Petersburg.