The Government of Moscow
The Department of Culture of the city of Moscow
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Vadim Sidur Museum

Estimated Waiting Time
Bermet Borybaeva, Polina Nikitina. From the activist graphic novel “Ya.Eda”, 2019
Bermet Borybaeva, Polina Nikitina. From the activist graphic novel “Ya.Eda”, 2019
Bermet Borybaeva, Polina Nikitina. From the activist graphic novel “Ya.Eda”, 2019
Milda Yanushevichute. From the video “Hope, you will be fine”, 2018
Date: July, 11 — August 4, 2019
Venue: Vadim Sidur Museum, Novogireevskaya street, 37А

Curator: Maria Sarycheva

Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Vadim Sidur Museum present collective exhibition Estimated Waiting Time. This is an international multimedia project that encompasses several artists’ reflections on various waiting experiences. The exhibition shows artworks from Russia, Lithuania, Poland, and Israel united by a topic of the waiting process. The project is supported by the Embassy of Israel in Moscow, Polish Cultural Center in Moscow, Lithuanian Institute of Culture and SHIROTA & DOLGOTA (Latitude and Longitude) Project.

Project curator Maria Sarycheva notes that our determination to save minutes stirs up competition between such services and applications as taxi or delivery, whereas the necessity to wait for something causes a daily frustration with us. We wait at the crossroads, shuffle our feet at the bus stop, take e-queue tickets, worry about medical test results, count minutes before the end of the working day, aspire to be heard, walk from corner to corner, live paycheck to paycheck, examine if our chat companion has read a message. All these processes provoke with us a feeling of hearted to pauses and a standby mode that we inevitably have to go through many times in our life. Exactly this feeling as a cornerstone of this project. And this very feeling, according to curator’s and artists’ vision, can make a person move on, not just wait, but practice «co-waiting», observe and gain the new experience from pauses in our lives.

Six artistic projects deconstruct various situations of waiting coming in various artistic mediums. Artists’ personal experience guides the audience to new unexpected spheres and territories where the phenomenon of waiting manifests its social, psychological and physical aspects. The project touches upon migrant workers’ social insecurity and powerlessness while their invisible work reduces our waiting time (I.Food, 2019, Bermet Borubaeva and Polina Nikitina). Medical practices and a time-consuming medical treatment and recovery processes endow patients with false hopes (Hope It Finds You Well, video, 2018, Milda Januševičiūtė). A person’s focus on waiting for the recovery instead of comfortable residence makes one feel like a patient even in residential treatment centers (Yulia Kosulnikova). Tiring waiting at a transport station may become an experience of addressing your inner world when a person inspires an artist as a bodily-spatial structure and a source of found choreography (Poses of Waiting, 2018, Ekaterina Shelganova). Waiting process can also be used as a method to historically document social and political changes in a country (From My Window, 1978–1999, Józef Robakowski).

One of the projects escapes the timing of the exhibition and gives visitors an opportunity to acquire new waiting experience here and now: the audio work inspired by the context of the Pervo district in Moscow where the Vadim Sidur Museum is located. The composition will be ready in September (Estimated Waiting Time, 2019, Rotem Volk and Alisa Oleva).

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive public program. On July, 10 the Vadim Sidur Museum will host a meeting with artist Józef Robakowski (Poland). On July, 12 the Museum will screen the second part of the film Hope It Finds You Well and artist talk with Milda Januševičiūtė (Lithuania). The events are free; participation in the artists talk with Milda requires registration. In August Rotem Volk and Alisa Oleva, the authors of the Estimated Waiting Time, so to say «audio guide» around the Perovo district, will conduct two participatory walks that will help the locals to discover the place where they live and, probably, better understand themselves. Further information could be found at the exhibition’s webpage at


Bermet Borubaeva (Kyrgyzstan/Russia) and Polina Nikitina (Russia), Yulia Kosulnikova (Russia), Milda Januševičiūtė (Lithuania/Nederland), Ekaterina Shelganova (Russia), Józef Robakowski (Poland), Rotem Volk (Israel) and Alisa Oleva (Russia/Great Britain).

About the curator:

Maria Sarycheva is an event manager and researcher, author of educational projects and exhibits. In 2015-2016 Maria headed the Department of inclusive programs at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and worked to make educational and exhibition projects accessible for people with disabilities. After leaving the Garage museum Maria has revised her approach to the issue of disability and together with Elena Ischenko initiated an interdisciplinary research project League of Gentle on the basis of the Contemporary Art Center Typography (Krasnodar). Among her recent curatorial projects are Like-Minded People (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow), Escapism. Training Program (Fabrika Center of Creative Industries).



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