We are a collective of artists from CIS, otherwise known as the former USSR, who have come together to make work about Russia and it’s identity in the contemporary world. All the artists involved make works about different aspects of the countries culture. Although much of it is aimed more at the Russian mentality it is our common goal to find a language to speak to the international community in terms they can understand. We believe that the rest of the world is not much aware of what is happening in Russia except for stereotypes like the communist past and the current questionable politics.
Each artist is making their own personal work which will then become part of a website that we will be using as a sort of catalogue to send out to other artists who potentially want to get involved with what we are trying to accomplish. In the future we are planning on having an exhibition to showcase all the work that we have gathered from artists coming from various disciplines.
There are numerous reasons for why we believe in our project. Firstly we are all young artists and we want to work with other people interested in the same subject, to help each other out and learn from each other. Secondly, it is no secret that there are many problems in Russia. London has given us an opportunity to step back in a sense and reevaluate the situation from a different point of view. We are not saying that by making art about problems we are going to change everything, but we might raise questions and get the viewers thinking and talking about the issues. Finally the third reason is that we strongly believe that this project is economically viable, and that there is a market for it. With the right ideas and marketing we will be able to get our work out to a larger audience.