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FROM MANIAKS TO ALIENS

At the first festival of young art “Stop! Who goes?” in 2002, young artists had to look. According to one of the festival’s curators, Daria Pyrkina, then it was believed that the new art generation had not yet grown. At the first youth biennale “Stop! Who is going? ”, Which the festival turned into in 2008, the participants were already selected. It was, as the organizers put it, “reconnaissance in battle.” This year, three times more applications from young (up to 35 years old) artists were received: out of 2,540 applicants, 600 remained. “Last time we pulled all this organizational opportunity on our own,” admits Daria Pyrkina. – Since this year, the position of Executive Director has appeared, in which Olga Lopukhova previously worked with us. Olga is no longer with us, but it is her merit that the Biennale has an international scale. ”

Now the Biennale has new borders (there are 53 participating countries in the program, from Mexico to Japan), and the first prize named after Olga Lopukhova will be awarded as part of the art forum by the Victoria – The Art of Being Modern Foundation. “Borders” became the first single theme in the history of the Biennale. In addition to the obvious bonuses for artists, according to the second curator of the biennale, Daria Kamyshnikova, participation in “Stop! Who goes!” will help artists to receive grants in the future. In addition, the MTS company, which has actively undertaken to support contemporary art, plans to present its prize – a trip to the Manifests 8 art biennale. What to choose from 60 planned exhibitions?

Curators advise starting with large and “populated” ones. For example, the project of 70 artists Globe (E) Scape in the new Artplay space, near the Winery, where large-scale installations will be presented. Or another exhibition in which Daria Pyrkina takes part as a co-curator – “Vis-a-vi” (NCCA). Artists from France and Russia, known only by correspondence, discussed and selected each other’s works for this project. The MMSI in Yermolaevsky will create a whole “island of freedom” – two curatorial exhibitions