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Anastasia Vepreva
How to Live If You Are a Left Melancholic

02 December
19:00 — 21:00
15 Vintage Hall

Anastasia Vepreva
How to Live If You Are a Left Melancholic

How to Live If You Are a Left Melancholic? Lecture with projection and discussion with Laboratory of Art Criticism.

If you are tired horribly and disabused terribly by the fact nothing goes right and as directed, that nothing makes sense, by the apocalypse at the door, by the failure of customary ideas, by corporate takeover, and by the fact that each step is surveilled. If you keep believing in people but they betray your trust, they fail, they do not resemble ideal revolutionaries and do not live up to your expectations, worse even, they abuse you and your sensibilities. If words lose meaning altogether, signifying nothing, but still you write about it on Facebook, revelling in your mood and hiding there from work — what for? — in order to have some rest finally and do nothing.

Bright future is upon us,

/ but only without me / one just needs to endure / never / in defiance / well damn never mind /

After the performance there will be a discussion session with Svetlana Baskova, Konstantin Bokhorov, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Egor Sofronov and participants of the Laboratory of Art Criticism.

Anastasia Vepreva — artist, curator, critic based in St. Petersburg. She was born in 1989 in Arkhangelsk. Her work deals with issues of repression, artificial intelligence, politics of memory and death. Education: MA, School of Liberal Arts of the St. Petersburg University and Bard College, Annnandale-on-Hudson. Graduate in Fine Arts from the School of Engaged Arts "What to do". Participated in the 56th Belgrade Salon, IV Moscow International Biennial of Young Art, VI Moscow Biennial, Manifesta 10, XXXV Moscow International Film Festival. She had a number of personal exhibitions. Writes for Moscow Art Magazine,, AroundArt, Art Leaks Gazette. Founding editor of Krapiva, an art publication launched in 2018.

Laboratory of Art Criticism (together with the BAZA Institute) is a new educational project supported by the Foundation for Support of Contemporary Art Winzavod.

Laboratory of Art Criticism is aimed at developing a school of critical aesthetics.
The educational program lasts one year. The curriculum includes two weekly theoretical and practical exercises, and a production-oriented pedagogy around a new, collectively produced quarterly on art, criticism and theory. The laboratory is led by well-known critics and artists: Svetlana Baskova, Konstantin Bokhorov, Boris Klushnikov, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Alexandra Shestakova, Egor Sofronov.