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Collection Cahiers d’Artistes. Pro Helvetia’s gift to Garage Museum

Discussion: “TELL ABOUT YOURSELF”: Artists’ Stories, Told by Themselves
Tuesday, October 23
Garage Auditorium


In celebration of the donation of the Collection Cahiers d’Artistes from Pro Helvetia to Garage Archive and Library, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will host a discussion “TELL ABOUT YOURSELF”: Artists’ Stories, Told by Themselves”.

How can an artist share their story? What is creative biography and why is it important for the promotion of your own artistic brand? In the course of the discussion Russian artists Dmitry Gutov and Vladimir Dubossarsky and foreign curators Patrick Gosatti, Yann Chateigné, and Elise Lammer will share their personal experiences and reveal how they responded to these questions.

An artist has to face considerable challenges on the way from an initial idea to the final work of art. Supporting an artist on state and private, international and regional, commercial and non-profit levels is often interlocked with a lot of obstacles due to their social and aesthetic status. An artist is confronted with a complex and multi-layered structure in which artists and viewers, curators and gallery owners, museum keepers and art critics constantly interact. An artist recognition system on the friend-or-foe basis is developed through the interaction of an artist and art community, where it is not only talent that matters, but their entrepreneurial skills as well.

Based on his experiences of the publishing project Collection Cahiers d’Artistes launched by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, Patrick Gosatti will develop some thoughts on artistic promotion in the contemporary art system. Russian artists Dmitry Gutov and Vladimir Dubossarsky will talk about challenges they faced in the course of their career primarily in the framework of Russian art market. Discussion moderator Sasha Obukhova will compare experiences of Russian and foreign colleagues by means of correlation between common and different in artistic self-representation through a personal story.


Patrick Gosatti (b. 1978, Zurich) currently works for the Visual Arts department of the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia and is responsible for the publishing project Collection Cahiers d’Artistes. Gosatti promotes the project at international level collaborating with institutions such as LISTE Art Fair (Basel), Printed Matter, Inc. (New York) as well as Ground Art Center (Moscow). He has previously worked as a freelance curator and art producer engaging collaborations with international institutions and galleries including Argos Centre for Art and Media (Brussels), la rada (Locarno), LUX (London), Mousse Publishing (Milan), Festival Les Urbaines (Lausanne), Galerie Eva Presehuber (Zurich), Latin-American Pavillion (Venice). He has worked as editor for the Swiss magazine for contemporary art Kunst-Bulletin, as writer for art magazines and exhibition catalogues as well as lecturer at the University of Art and Design (Geneva). He graduated with an M.A. degree in Philosophy of Art and Art History at the University of Geneva.

Elise Lammer (b. 1982, Lausanne) is curator at Kunstverein SALTS in Basel and founder of Alpina Huus, a research platform exploring performance and domestic space. She is a guest lecturer at HEAD, Heute Ecole d’Art et de Design (Geneva) and Institut Kunst | FHNW (Basel). She was trained as a fine artist in Barcelona and holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London. She lives and works in Berlin.

Yann Chateigné (b. 1977, Bordeaux) is a writer, curator and associate professor at Geneva School of Art and Design. He has previously been serving as Dean of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD (2209-2018) and Chief Curator at CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux (2007-2009). He is currently preparing a large-scale thematic exhibition on nature, technologies and communities that will take place at Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain Genève in the winter 2019-2020. Lives and works in Geneva and Berlin.

Sasha Obukhova (b. 1967, Moscow) is curator of Garage Archive Collection at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. She graduated from the History and Theory of Art department of the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1992. In 1993 she studied at the faculty of fine arts at the Central European University (Prague). From 1993 to 1996, she worked at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow, and from 1999 to 2003, she was Senior Researcher at the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow). In 2004, she became a co-founder and director of the Art Project Foundation, where she established the Archive of Contemporary Russian Art. In 2011-2012 she was in charge of educational programs of the State Center of Contemporary Art (Moscow). Obukhova has been Head of the scientific department and later curator of Garage Archive Collection since 2012. She has also written extensively on Russian contemporary art, lives and works in Moscow.

Dmitry Gutov (b. 1960, Moscow) studied at Repin St. Peterburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture (former Imperial Academy of Arts). He is an artist and theorist who has initiated a number of research projects exploring the history, theory, and practice of contemporary art. Gutov’s artworks have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale (1995, 2013) and Istanbul Biennale (1992), as well as dozens of solo and group exhibitions since 1990s, including some of the first contemporary art galleries in Russia—the squat gallery in Trekhprudny Lane, Regina Gallery, and Marat Guelman Gallery and others. Gutov works with painting, installation, photography, video and sculpture. He was a co-curator of the exhibition If our soup can could speak: Mikhail Lifshitz and the Soviet Sixties.

Vladimir Dubossarsky (b. 1964, Moscow) studied at Moscow State Academic Art College in Memory of 1905 (1980-1984), and Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov (1988—1991). He has been working together with Alexander Vinogradov since 1994. Art of Dubossarsky-Vinogradov duet is distinguished by traditional forms of painting in the framework of contemporary art. The artists work on the border of kitsch and conceptual art. In 2002 Vladimir Dubossarsky initiated and curated Art-Klyazma Festival. In 2007 Dubossarsky-Vinogradov duet was awarded Soratnik contemporary art prize. They are one of the most successful and expensive artists on the Russian art market. He lives and works in Moscow.


Free admission with advance registration.
The lecture will be held in English with interpreting into Russian.