Workshop 20’20. HOMO COMMUNICANS
*Communicating human
The special project of the VII Moscow International Biennale for Young Art
группа Pomidor (Полина Егорушкина, Мария Саркисянц), FIXUS PIXUS, приложение для мобильного устройства, инсталляция, 2019
Егор Федосов, 1:26-3:24, цифровая фотосъемка, цифровая пост-обработка, 2019
Анастасия Буй, Риф 2119, раковины, отмершие части рифов, найденные объекты, аэрозольная краска, 2019
Bonzha. Диво Дивное. 2020/Bonzha. Wonderful Wonder. 2020
Ксения Сидорова. Фото из проекта Simplex. 2017 /Ksenia Sidorova. Photo from the project Simple. 2017
Date: October, 10th — November, 15th 2020
Venue: MMOMA, 25, Petrovka Street, third floor

Curators: Oxana Chvyakina, Lusya Yangirova, Maria Bulatova, Svetlana Dorogina
Curator of the MMOMA Young Art Support Program: Daria Kamyshnikova

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the School of Contemporary art Free Workshops present a group project by young artists Workshop 20’20. Homo Communicans. According to alternative anthropology, Homo Communicans must be considered a species of its own right developed at the turn of the 21st century. Communication, like food and sleep, is a basic need of a human individual, whatever be his personality and temper.

This year curators of the Workshop project give their interpretations of Homo Communicans in his/her different capacities. The year 2020 has as good as denied us a wonted opportunity to travel. Our movements were limited to a city or a town, an urban quarter, a yard and its surroundings. In her project a curator Maria Bulatova delves into a dialogue between an individual and a locality, defining a journey as an essential moment of gaining experience and regretting about all the places we all have never visited.

Oxana Chvyakina’s project takes up the same subject of environment. The interaction between humans and nature inescapably brings about a wide range of problems: from the preservation of animal species and ecosystems to climate change and natural resource exhaustion.

Svetlana Dorogina treats communication as a play. In her project, she addresses the experience of gamers. Ludic principle creates unexpected possibilities for communication, while the games of a human individual — wordplay, role games, ritual and network games, — as well as the system of communication elaborated within, serve as the key for better understanding the nature of our relations with the world and one another.

Homo communicans often gets into crisis situations. They often involve loneliness, impossibility to share one’s feelings and emotions with the loved ones. Lusya Yangirova’s project studies possible ways to live through loneliness and to seek one’s true self within this state.

The works by the 2020 year graduates of the School selected by Daria Kamyshnikova dwell on different aspects of human communication. To all intents, their majority explore a new experience of self-isolation during the pandemic. The projects young artists had initially elaborated before the quarantine got new meaning and interpretation.
The Workshop, an exhibition of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops, dates back to 2001 and discovers new names in Russian art life each and every year. Students and alumni of the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops traditionally take part in this annual project.


Alisa Aistova, Vladislav Andreev, Vasily Anikin, Evgeny Berezin, Katya Bondar, Bonzha, Anastasia Bouy, Anastasia Brintseva, Evgenia Buravleva, Masha Burganova Yaltinskaya, Egor Fedosov, Diana Galimzyanova, Maria Galochkina, Katya Ganyushina, Olga Gorodenskaya, Mitya Grankov, Greta Isagulova, Katya Isaeva, Tina Karakhanova, Artur Kardanov, Alisa Kibin, KISI, Aleksandra Kolosovskaya, Sasha Kochetkova, Vasilisa Lebedeva, Vasilisa Lipatova, Nadezhda Likhogrud, Alena Maydan, Ekaterina Makarieva, Elina Marusova, Anna Matorina, Vladislav Mishov, Roman Mokrov, Nafisa, Andrey Novitsky, Yulia Neronska, Ekaterina Pankova, Lisa Paremusova, Veronica Pel, Gurgen Petrosyan, Pomidor group (Polina Egorushkina, Maria Sarkisiants), Alexey Riabov, Oks Rudko, Ekaterina Serikova, Katerina Seryoznaya, Xenia Sidorova, Anya Smertina Smith, Shamil Shaaev, Daniil Shatrov, Vladimir Shishak, Anastasia Sviridenko, Alexander Tarasenko, Tanja Tian, Alice Traum, Elizaveta Tulchinskaya, Olga Tumanova, Irina Turchenko, Yulia Vergazova,Elizaveta Zabotkina.

About the Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art:

The School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops is an educational center under the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. It was created for young artists and curators. The School was founded in 1992 by a group of artists and art historians, including Alexander Ponomarev, Vladimir Kupriyanov, Vladimir Nasedkin, and the MSU professors Vera Dazhina and Valery Turchin. At the School, students have the opportunity to study with the stellar cast of teachers, successful cultural figures, famous philosophers and theorists of contemporary art. During the training, young artists and curators get immersed in the today art world, participating in master classes, group exhibitions, festivals. As part of the Museum, Free Workshops offer students a unique opportunity to study theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary art, being at its epicenter. At all stages of the artist’s formation, the Museum and the School provide them with significant support, assisting them with participation in group exhibition projects (annual exhibitions of young art the Workshop, group projects of young curators), the possibility of organizing the first solo exhibition (MMOMA Young Art Support Program).

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