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The Laboratory of Art Criticism (in cooperation with the BAZA institute) is a project of the Winzavod Fund for the support of Contemporary Art, initiated as part of a new development concept and part of the Winzavod. Education project.
The idea of the project is to support those who want to acquire professional knowledge in working with art texts, the goal - to support and develop a school of esthetical critical thinking inside informational space.
The program of the “Laboratory of Art Criticism” is divided into three trimesters, the duration of study is one year.
The curriculum includes weekly theoretical and practical classes (two times a week), as well as the publication of a printed Bulletin, a new periodical on art, criticism and theory.
The expert board includes leading specialists in the field of mass media, art historians, theorists and curators:
Boris Klyushnikov (b. 1989) is a theorist of contemporary art, critic, a teacher of the Department of Cinema and Contemporary art at the Russian State University for the Humanities, the BAZA institute, the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. Author of articles on the philosophy of art, critical texts and lectures on the theory of modern art.
Konstantin Bokhorov (b. 1961) is an art historian, a researcher of artistic performance and new media, curator of the Center for Contemporary Culture MediaArtLab, a member of the Moscow Union of Artists and AICA, a candidate of cultural studies. Graduated from the St. Petersburg I. E. Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in the specialty "Art". Author of articles in the Art Journal and other publications, lectured at the Institute of Contemporary Art Problems (Moscow), Ural State University (Yekaterinburg), the Pro Arte Institute (St. Petersburg), and others.
Yegor Sofronov (b. 1989) - art critic. Editor at the “Art magazine”. Published in online platform aroundart.org, in the “Disagreement” magazine, “Art of Cinema” magazine, “Art Magazine” and other publications. Lecturer at the BAZA Institute. He was born in 1989 in Yakutsk. He graduated from the magistracy in art criticism and literature at the School of Fine Arts (New York, USA) in 2014. In 2015–2017, a researcher in the “Field Research” program of the exhibition section of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Co-founder of the “Union of Convalescent” interdisciplinary group.
Anatoly Osmolovsky (b. 1969) - artist, curator, art theorist, editor-in-chief of “Baza” magazine. Founder and Rector of the BAZA Institute. From 1987 to 1988 - member of the literary group "Vertep", 1988-1990 - member of the literary-critical group "Ministry of Missile Defense of the USSR", 1990-92 - leader of the E.A.T. (Expropriation of Art Territories) movement, since 1993 - editor of the Radek magazine, 1993-1994 - Coordinator of the Neceziudik revolutionary program, 1995 - Fellow of the Senate of Berlin and Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, 2007 - Kandinsky Prize winner in the nomination “Artist of the Year”.
Alexandra Shestakova (b. 1993) - art critic and curator. The texts were published on the sites Colta.ru and aroundart.org, in the "Art Magazine", in the newspaper "Kommersant", and other publications, as well as in the catalogs of exhibitions.