yaichnikova audureau curatorial projects

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SESSION II: HUMAN AND THE OTHERS. Love, friendship, suspicion, aversion

Exhibition «Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love?»


November 2, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Curator: Viktor Misiano
Co-curator of the session: Elena Yaichnikova


Artists : Bisan Abu Eisheh, Rania Bellou, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ion Grigorescu, Nuria Guell, Akram Zaatari, Sophie Calle, Eli Cortinas, Fouad Elkoury, Jonas Mekas, Lee Mingwei, Boris Mikhailov, Tracey Moffatt, Nikolay Oleynikov, Yoko Ono, Koka Ramishvili, Mariateresa Sartori, Anita Sieff, Andy Warhol, Hans Peter Feldman, Gabriella Ciancimino, Katerina Seda.


The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents the second session of an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional project «The Human Condition». The session «HUMAN AND THE OTHERS. Love, friendship, suspicion, aversion» will focus on a human being in the framework of emotional relationships and his interaction with the social environment.

The session encompasses an exhibition, research projects and discussions. Its starting point is the «Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love?» exhibition, the title of which, following the referential logic of the project, refers to the work «Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love?» by the American artist Sharon Hayes. On display are video works, installations, photographs and books by 23 artists from all over the world including Yoko Ono, Boris Mikhailov, Jonas Mekas, Sophie Calle, and Andy Warhol. Some of the works have been created especially for the show. The exhibition in the MMOMA building at Ermolaevsky Lane is divided into four semantic sections and explores the internal dialectics of, maybe, the most important human emotion — love.



INTERACTION: Contemporary Artists Respond to MMOMA Collection



July 2 - September 27, 2016

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Curator : E.Y.


Artists : Agency of Singular Investigations (Anna Titova, Stanislav Shuripa), Dimitri Venkov, Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya), Arseniy Zhilyaev, Irina Korina, Taus Makhacheva (Super Taus), MishMash (Misha Leikin, Masha Sumnina), Ivan Novikov, Alexander Povzner, artistsprivatecollections.org (Anastasia Ryabova), Sergei Sapozhnikov.


MMOMA presents a new display of works from its vast collection of 20th and 21st-century art. This time, the exhibition is structured around a dialogue between the museum collection and eleven invited artists and art groups. Each of them have created a display or a total installation based on works from MMOMA and exploring the everyday life of a museum collection, including issues relating to preservation and transportation of works, the museum’s acquisitions policy and its legal aspects, as well as the life of the artists whose works are in the collection and the broader questions relating to the role and functioning of museums in the modern world. The display will occupy both exhibition floors in the main MMOMA building.



Another Part of New World

Collection CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo of the Regional Government of Madrid and the ARCO Foundation Collection


September 22 - November 29, 2015

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Curator : E.Y.


Artists : Ignasi Aballi, Eduardo Abaroa, Halil Altindere, Pilar Albarracin, Francis Alÿs, Alexander Apóstol, Ibon Aranberri, Juan Araujo, Artur Barrio, Iñaki Bonillas, Fernando Bryce, Adriana Bustos, Carlos Garaicoa, Mariana Castillo Deball, Eugenio Dittborn, Héctor Zamora, Los Carpinteros, Joachim Koester, Guillermo Kuitca, Gabriel Kuri, Tonico Lemos Auad, Rogelio López Cuenca, Cristina Lucas, Teresa Margolles, Ana Mendieta, Aernout Mik, Antoni Muntadas, Óscar Muñoz, Rivane Neuenschwander, Adrian Piper, El Perro, Wilfredo Prieto, Raqs Media Collective, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Allan Sekula, Melanie Smith, Santiago Sierra, Tunga and Thomas Hirschhorn.



Personal (Hi-)stories

GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art / Project Space, Moscow

August 15-September 21, 2014

Curators: E.Y. & N.A.


Artists: Ján Budaj, Stano Filko & Alex Mlynárčik, Tomislav Gotovac, Tibor Hajas, Milan Knížák, Jiří Kovanda, Jan Mlčoch, Neša Paripović, Ewa Partum, Bálint Szombathy and Endre Tót


Personal (Hi-)stories  focuses on lesser-known art from the period of 1960s-80s in Eastern Europe, including twelve artists from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Serbia. The exhibition is the winning proposal selected by an international jury from the first Garage Open Call for exhibitions by emerging Russian curators.


Award-winning exhibition of a curatorial competition organized by GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art


Exhibition supported by: Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art (Budapest), Kontakt Collection/The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation (Vienna), Tomislav Gotovac Institute (Zagreb), Galerie Emanuel Layr (Vienna), gb agency (Paris), Krobath (Wien/Berlin).


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Generation P

January, 2012

Festival RussenKo, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France

Curators: E.Y. & N.A.


Artists: Valery Chtak, Alexey Kallima, Irina Korina, Andrey Kuzkin, Taus Makhacheva, Learning Film Group (Yevgeny Fiks, David Riff,  Ilya Budraitskis, Nikolay Oleynikov), Serguey Sapozhnikov, David Ter-Oganyan & Sacha Galkina, Arseniy Zhilyaev


Empruntant librement son titre au roman culte de l’écrivain russe Viktor Pelevine dépeignant les années 1990 en Russie, l’exposition Generation P présente de jeunes artistes ayant grandi durant cette période pleine de contrastes, comprise entre les fantômes d’une histoire révolue et les impératifs d’une civilisation consumériste.

Once Upon a Present

December, 2011, Gallery SC, Zagreb

Curator: E.Y.

In collaboration with: Slobodne veze / Loose Associations


Artists: Victor Alimpiev, Irina Korina, Sergey Sapozhnikov, The Factory of Found Clothes (FFC), Arseniy Zhilyaev, ZAIBI group


Exhibition Once Upon a Present introduces a selection of contemporary artists from Russia, and as such, presents itself as a one-nation show. However, while following the line of national representation, it brings forward an antithesis of a traditional promotion of an image of country’s prosperity and power usually effectuated through the mechanisms similar to political propaganda and close to advertisement. Opposite to the idea of an over-visible national show-case, the exhibition seeks to point out to what remains in shadow and lies behind the decorum. Its intention is to touch the middle zone – that of haunting memories, invasive images, attempts, failures, hesitations, fears, unrealized dreams, fantasies, projections, hopes and aspirations for the future, which our present is made of. (…)


Exhibition supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

Acknowledgements: SC/ Kultura promjene, Ivet Ćurlin (WHW), Bojan Gagić, Saša Šimpraga, Nicole Hewit, Ana Hušman (ALU), Ana Kovačić (GMK), Queer Zagreb festival, Tonka Maleković, Davor Sanvincenti, ANA Elizabet.



Skepticism From a Sofa

September 25-October 23, 2011

Art House, Moscow - Special Program of the 4th Moscow Biennale

Curator: N.A.


Artists: Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Camille Laurelli, Théo Mercier & Colin Johnco, Bettina Samson, David Ter-Oganyan, Raphaël Zarka


« – Tell me, Truth, do you believe in what we all narrate? Do you believe in this world that we observe sitting comfortably on a sofa? In the world that we create and try to understand at the same time? In the world that flee under the pile of its proper interpretations? In the permanent fallacy that our eyes try to break through? Do you believe in it?

- What do you mean by “believing”, Untruth? If from your lips it means being sure and certain of what I hear and see, then I don't believe in anything as I cannot be convinced of what I hear and see. I don't believe in anything as far as the world in essence is beyond expression. However, I remark around us the madmen, the saints, the ascetics and the artists – they are odd witnesses of life which burns our feet and hands, illuminated wanderers crossing time and space like street acrobats, soothsayers whistling melodies which our ears will be able to hear in the future. Why to attach myself to their arms like to dead branches? Why to turn their acts full of fertile vacuity into fetishes? Why to turn their dreams into stones? Therefore, I keep silence and I observe. And I nurture this in-between doubt we call skepticism from a sofa. »


Exhibition supported by: Institut français - Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, Embassy of France in the Russian Federation.

In collaboration with: the galleries Marcelle Alix, Paris, Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, Michel Rein, Paris, Guillaume Sultana, Paris, and the French Institute of Moscow.

Res publica

Artworks from the collection of

the National Center for Visual Arts of France (cnap)


September 7-October 17, 2010 

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Curators: E.Y. & N.A.


Artists: Francis Alÿs, Eleanor Antin, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Thomas Bayrle, Guy Ben-Ner, Rebecca Bournigault, Rineke Dijkstra, Julien Discrit, Mounir Fatmi, Claire Fontaine, Yona Friedman, Cyprien Gaillard, Jochen Gerner, John Giorno, Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, William Kentridge, Jan Kopp, Pascal Lievre, Olivier Menanteau, Deimantas Narkevicius, Eva Nielsen, Raymond Pettibon, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Bruno Serralongue, Caecilia Tripp


Res publica exhibition based on the collection of the National Center for Visual Arts of France presents works by artists who comprehend art as the space of thought and reflect upon the surrounding social and political reality, as well as our relations with the world. Its title refers to the Latin term ‘res publica’, or ‘common business’, or ‘people’s business’, which in antiquity meant the highest value of social importance and became the basis for contemporary concept of the state and, in a more narrow context, the notion of a republic. Res publica exhibition offers an approach to art as ‘common business’ and presents a sort of public space where artists share their views of the surrounding world and its structure, of man and society, of coexistence and shared life, and find adequate artistic forms of expression.


The exhibition was held within France-Russia Year 2010


Exhibition supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Moscow City Government, Moscow City Department of Culture, Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow Museum of Modern Art National Center for Visual Arts, Ministry of Culture and Communication of France, Culturesfrance, Embassy of France in the Russian Federation.


Catalogue: Les Cahiers de la création contemporaine, cnap, France, issue #6. Bilingual (French/Russian),

34 p.


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40 Lives of One Space

September 26-October 25, 2009

Within the Special and Parallel Program

of the 3rd Moscow Biennale
Red October
Curators: E.Y & N.A.

Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Ilya Budraitskis, Cyprien Gaillard, Aleksandra Galkina, Jiří Kovanda, David Ter-Oganyan, Arseny Zhilyaev

Within the gentrification process overtaking Moscow as it has other capitals of the capitalist world, the space of the former Red October chocolate factory dangles between a hallowed past and a future yet to be determined. At once it speaks for itself and for all other spaces halfway between vanishing and renewal - each with a life and memory of its own. The seven artists featured consider the life of spaces in a specific environment - the 158.9 square meters of the Confectionary Hall. Its hanging cables, chipped tiles, mountain of dust and industrial waste will allow their fragile shelf life to be brought to the fore, for traces of sociopolitical history, a personal presence, or collective experience to be discovered.

Exhibition supported by: galleries Zdenek Sklenar (Prague), Cosmic galerie (Paris) and gb agency (Paris), Mondriaan Foundation, Epson and Red October

The exhibition was awarded a prize as the best curatorial project of the Special and Parallel Program of the 3rd Moscow Biennale announced by OpenSpace.ru


Colocation / Living Together

October 2007-July 2008
La box gallery, Bourges, France

Year-long program of exhibitions and public talks
Curators: E.Y. & N.A.

Artists: David Ter-Oganyan and Ilya Budraitskis, Superflex, Nils Norman, Katerina Šedá, Alexey Kallima, Lara Almarcegui

Speakers: Viktor Misiano, Stephen Wright, Michel Giroud, Diane Amiel, Marko Stamenkovic

The starting point for the programme Colocation / Living Together was a series of invitations to artists to create projects specifically for la box. Each contribution is integrated into the la box space and the economic and social context of the city of Bourges, and raises various questions about the nature of artistic actions: the artist's civic and ethical responsibility, reassessment of issues according to context, and place of a specific research in art. Plus, ultimately, the need for coexistence based on the sharing of resources.
Implicitly or explicitly the invited artists assume a kind of responsibility, a "real" commitment to "real" life, considering that current social and political issues call for an ethical stance on the part of citizens in general and artists in particular. But does art have to take on this responsibility? Interventionist artists face the paradox while positioning themselves between utopianism and effectiveness. How does art manage to combine the efficacy with its specific discursive qualities? So, can art and artists help us to live together? And do they have to try?

Catalogue: texts by Boris Groys, Hito Steyerl, Marina Grzinic, Viktor Misiano and Irit Rogoff. Introductory text/Edited by: Elena Yaichnikova and Nicolas Audureau. Published by La Box_ensa bourges & it: Éditions. Graphic design: Regular / www.readit.fr. Bilingual (French/English), 224 p.

The texts which make up the publication deal with the relationship that art and artists have with the concepts of cause, real contexts of economic or political conflicts, power, the documentary format, or the notions of collectivity, mutuality and participation.

Free Party

Free Party: some examples of free artistic strategies

Curators: E.Y. & N.A.
Free Party - Part 1 - November 5-18, 2006
Moscow Art Center, Neglinnaya 14

Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Conny Blom, Critical Art Ensemble, Dick head man Records

Free Party - Part 2 - March 20-23, 2007 - The Art school of Grenoble, France

Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Conny Blom, Critical Art Ensemble, Valery Chtak, Dick head man Records, Alexey Kallima.

Free Party was specifically oriented on artists and artistic projects that speak about the notion of free. The project was also aimed at exchanging expriences of "free" beetween France and Russia.

«What does the free mean today? What is for free, and what is free to everybody? What does a non-commercial exchange of information, ideas, knowledge, services or commodities mean in the reality of the market economy? Where to look for free and not simulated spaces to speak and to act? Those questions are at the core of the exhibition Free Party that, together with the artists, wishes to appreciate different aspects of the free: freedom, availability, absence of charges...»

Warm Up

May 14, 2005, Night of Museums

Museum of Fine Arts, Pau (France)
Curator: N.A.

Artists/participants: AAA Corp., Antoine Moreau, Oliver Ressler, Buy-Sellf group, Heath Bunting (Irational.org)

WARM UP was devoted to artistic exercises of preventive (and curative) disobedience.


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