Alina and Jeff Bliumis
We use artistic initiatives to start public dialogues about the politics of community, cultural displacement, migration and national identity. Our projects often progress in a range of forms - a community survey turns into an artist book, then into a performance, then public art, then a participatory event, then an installation. By using socially engaged projects embedded in the real world - performance, photography, sculpture, installation, participatory events and social experiments - we are building an inclusive spirit and a collective imagination. Our core concern is to set spaces of "co-active being" and "co-active thinking." All participants in our works are equal co-creators, and we consider a project complete when it comes full circle by reporting back to the community where the project was initiated.
Sergey Shabohin (b.1984) is a Belarusain artist, curator of Y Gallery, founder and editor-in-chief of the Portal of contemporary Belarusian art Art Aktivist. Born in Navapołack, Belarus. Since 1999 lives and works in Minsk. Studied at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts (Minsk). There were several exhibitions in Belarus, Poland, Germany, USA, Sweden and other.
Anna Sokolova was born in 1975 in Minsk, Belarus. In 1994 she graduated from the Glebov’s Minsk Art College and in 2000 from
the Belorussian Academy of Arts (Monumental Painting Department). In 2003/5 she made Masterclass in Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing (France).In 2005/7 she visited classes of Prof. Daniel Buren and Prof. David Rabinowitch at the Art Academy Dusseldorf. In 2010 she graduated from the Academy of Media of Arts in Cologne. Since 2005 she lives and works in Dusseldorf.
Born in 1974 in Minsk, Belarus. Lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany. Education: 1996 graduated from the Belarus State University of Information, Science and Radio Electronics, Minsk, Belarus, 1998 completed a course in new Technologies in a Photographic and Digital art, AMOS, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. 2008 laureate at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK), Gent, Belgium.
Marina Naprushkina (born 1981) is an artist and activist whose work in different media including painting, video, and installation, concentrates on power structures in nation-states and often makes use of nonfiction material such as propaganda issued by governmental institutions in Belarus. Since 2007, she runs the Office for Anti-Propaganda, which participates in and organizes political actions and also publishes newspapers. The artist works in close collaboration with key figures of the cultural and political scene in Belarus in order to strengthen democratic processes in the country. She lives in Berlin.
Tyminko Maxim was born in 1972, Chernigov, Ukraine. Lives and works in Cologne, Germany and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Education: 1987-1991 – Glebov Art College Minsk, Belarus, 2000-2005 – Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany.
After graduating from the Belarusian National Technical University Aleksei Shinkarenko completed several internships in photo studios and research centres for photography, such as Photec, in the USA in 2000, 2006 in Wroclaw and in the photo studio Verse Beeldwaren in the Netherlands. From 2001 to 2008 he worked at the educational photo studio Krajawid in the State Palace for Children and Youngsters in Minsk. In 2006 he presented his first solo exhibition "Lively city", which was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe. He later participated in group exhibitions in Belarus, Lithuania and Poland. In 2007 he founded the Photo Centre in Minsk and has been its head ever since. Since 2010 he has been professor at the Institute of Journalism at the Belarusian State University. Furthermore he is the head of the School of Photography in Minsk and founded the contest of documentary photography "Time Archive". As an author he published a number of articles about photo art.
Natalia Gurova is an artist born in Belarus, raised in Russia and based in Vienna. She did a journalism degree in Moscow and worked for different media including newspapers, radio, online and TV. Her artwork at the moment focuses on the current flow of events and information but is not directly autobiographical. Natalia focuses on materiality, objects and installation.