The Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art is one of the largest regular contemporary art events in the Russian regions, with more than 300 artists from 52 countries having participated in it. We engage citizens in a dialogue on relevant topics, promote contemporary art in the regional cities, introduce Russia and the world to the industrial Urals, and initiate the production of new art.
The 6th edition opens on October 2 and runs through December 5, 2021 in Ekaterinburg and cities of the Ural region under the title “A Time to Embrace and to Refrain from Embracing,” devoted to human interaction. The main project curatorial team: Çağla Īlk, Misal Adnan Yıldız, and Assaf Kimmel will present their project titled “Thinking Hands Touching Each Other” at four venues in Ekaterinburg, focusing on performance and participatory practice.
This year, the artist-in-residence program is taking place in the cities of Asbest, Nizhny Tagil, Polevskoy, Sysert and the village of Chernoistochinsk in the Sverdlovsk region; in the cities of Kyshtym, Satka, Chelyabinsk and the village of Sokol in the Chelyabinsk region. For six months, Russian and international artists, together with curator Vladimir Seleznyov, get acquainted with urban communities, the Ural industrial heritage and production process of operating enterprises. The result of the residence is the creation of a site-specific work in the space of the host city or enterprise.
Next artist talk is soon, till then you can watch our previous guest talks.
This July, the Biennial Tours program takes off. For starters, we are planning 5 trips to art residencies in Satka, Kyshtym, and Chernoistochinsk. Spectacular views of the Urals, operating and abandoned plants alone are impressive enough. But the main goal is to see artworks of the Artist-in-Residence Program and the 6th Biennial special project. At each point of the trip, experts and guides will give you tours. Throughout the trip, you will be accompanied by a mediator who has done special training.