About the participants:
Sergei Kulikov (b. 1976, Moscow, Russia) is an architectural historian, analyst and expert in sociocultural programming and urban and rural development. He studied Art History and Theory at Moscow State University, focusing on urban planning and especially on the concept of the ideal city in the Italian Renaissance. At the Golubitskoe Art Foundation, he conducted a field study of the cultural landscape, and put together an eclectic atlas – a short architecture guide of the Taman Peninsula.
Nikolay Smirnov (b. 1982, Moscow, Russia) is an artist, geographer, curator, and researcher of spatial practices, and representations of space and place across art, science, museum traditions and everyday life. As part of the Golubitskoe Art Foundation residency programme, he is working on a research paper on the 'geo-utopian and geo-eschatological imagination of Taman' and The Taman Decameron exhibition, which also includes the field study for the Mechanics of the Epidemic project, dedicated to the multi-factor processes of the spread of the epidemic (both human and non-human, mental, geopolitical, etc.)
Alina Desyatnichenko (born in 1991, Tashkent) is a documentary photographer and artist. She moved to Krasnodar Region (or Kuban, as locals call it) at the age of 16. In her solo projects, she reflects on the category of the ideal, examining this subject in different social contexts.
The ZIP group is a Russian art group established in Krasnodar in 2009. Current members: Evgeny Rimkevich, brothers Vasily and Stepan Subbotin, and Eldar Ganeev. The ZIP group has founded the Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art (KICA), the CAN independent street art festival, the Pyatikhatki artist residency and co-founded the Typography Center for Contemporary Art in Krasnodar.
Vladimir Migachev (b. 1959, Kucheryaevo village of, Oryol region) studied art and graphics at Kuban State University. The artist's works can be found in the ARTSTORY Gallery of Contemporary Art (Moscow), the Kovalenko Art Museum in Krasnodar, the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art (St Petersburg), the Museum of Fine Arts (Vladikavkaz), the North Caucasus branch of the State Museum of Oriental Art (Maykop), as well as in private collections.