From the history of avant-garde museology, to ideas around learning, collectivity and labour, Moscow-based artist Arseny Zhilyaev discusses his work with Katerina Chuchalina, V-A-C Foundation Curator. Through exhibitions and participatory projects, Zhilyaev considers the relationship between art and social production/lived environments. The artist uses artistic, political, and scientific, and museological histories to uncover and propose potential futures, exploring a productive space between fiction and non-fiction. Within his recent projects, Zhilyaev casts a revisionist lens on the heritage of soviet museology. Chaired by Sofia Victorino, Daskalopoulos Head of Education and Public Programmes.
V-A-C Foundation was founded in Moscow in 2009 and is committed to supporting art made in Russia, as well as the new generations of artists from around the world.
In collaboration with the V-A-C Foundation
Arseny Zhilyaev (born 1984 in Voronezh, Russia) is an artist who lives and works in Moscow and Voronezh. His recent projects include Cradle of Humankind, V-A-C Foundation, Tre Oci, Venice; Museum of Proletarian Culture. Industrialisation of Bohemia, Tretyakov State Gallery, Moscow, 2012; Pedagogical poem in collaboration with Ilya Budraitskis, Presnya Historical Memorial Museum, V-A-C Foundation, Moscow, 2012; and M.I.R.: New paths to the objects and M.I.R.: Polite Guests from the Future, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and San Francisco, 2014. Since 2011, Zhilyaev has also been a member of the editorial board of the Moscow art magazine, Khudozhestvennyi Zhurnal. He is a contributor of e-flux Journal, among others. Zhilyaev graduated from Voronezh State University, Philosophical Faculty (2006); Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art (2008); and MA International Programs, Valand School of Fine Arts, Goteborg, Sweden (2010). Recent accolades include the Innovation 2010 Russian state award in the sphere of contemporary art, the Soratnik [Companion-in- Arms] 2010 and 2012 awards, and a nomination for the Visible Award in 2013.