Golubitskoe Art Foundation

Residency of Ulyana Podkorytova in Japan

Ulyana Podkorytova was chosen as the first Russian participant of the residency exchange programme Contact Zones, which is realised by the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) in partnership with Golubitskoe Art Foundation and the Zarya CCA. Ulyana’s residency will commence in Aomori, Japan in 2021.

140 artists from Russia submitted their applications to an open call to participate in the ACAC Artist-in-Residence programme. The winner of the competition gets the chance to participate in the residency, with the related travel expenses, accommodation, artist’s grant, and the budget for the project covered by the host institution.

‘In the course of my residency, I’m planning to film a documentary comprising short interviews with locals. I am deeply interested in the problem of identity in the era of globalisation and would like to experience an unfamiliar culture with the help of the Japanese sound code. The interviews will be based on the study of best-loved local songs. I will capture the resulting set of musical compositions in an unfamiliar language in woodcut prints. Engraving is very dear to my heart, as I have previously created many works in the Russian lubok genre, and there is a museum with a large collection of woodblock prints by Shiko Munakata in the city of Aomori,’ says Ulyana Podkorytova.

Ulyana Podkorytova (b. 1984, Bryansk, Russia) is a Moscow-based multidisciplinary artist. She received a degree in Graphic Arts from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts (2007); studied with Natalia Pshenichnikova at the Voice Laboratory of the Theatre Institute (2016); took Olga Tsvetkova and Alexandra Denisova’s DANCE/DOC masterclass in acting, and graduated from the Rodchenko Art School (2017), where she studied video art with Kirill Preobrazhensky.

In 2017, she was nominated for the Innovation Prize in Contemporary Art. In 2019, she participated in the New Holland Debut Film Festival in Saint Petersburg and the Platonov Fest in Voronezh. Selected solo shows: Ray’ok (Мultimedia Art Museum, Moscow, 2020), Slash (Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, 2016), Single Copy (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, 2018).

The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) opened in December 2001 in Aomori, Japan. The ACAC focuses its activities around its Artist-in-Residence (AIR) programme while interweaving ample opportunities for exchange, which include exhibitions, workshops, and talks between artists, students, and the local community. The ACAC boasts a one-of-a-kind 543 sq. m. arc-shaped gallery space, which resident artists can use to showcase their exhibition projects to give shape to a creative space that fosters communication between artists, students, and the local community.

The Zarya Center for Contemporary Art first opened its doors in Vladivostok in 2013, as part of an initiative by entrepreneur and patron Alexander Mechetin, the founder and co-owner of Russia’s largest alcoholic beverage company, BELUGA GROUP. Zarya CCA is located on the premises of the Zarya creative cluster, in the space of the former garment factory that gave the site its name. Zarya CCA sees its mission in presenting the Primorye region with the best of contemporary art and culture from Russia and beyond, while also supporting artists and the local art community.

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