'Vulnerability Map' is the V International Inclusive Festival
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts connects Moscow, Vladikavkaz, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Tomsk
The V International Inclusive Festival will take place at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts from November 15 to 28, 2021, in a hybrid (online/offline) format. It will also take on the form of a zine, which will include documentation of projects that give new meaning to otherness, inclusion, and diversity and have been implemented in various years at the Pushkin Museum and some branches of the National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA).
Curators Evgeniya Kiseleva and Egor Rogalev: 'Acceptance of our own vulnerability is primarily related to a renunciation of faith in the single individual and a recognition of our universal interdependence. In these conditions, inclusion can be thought of as a complex process of creating a cultural environment without excluded individuals, where any life experience and distinctive traits can enrich and transform each other, where progress is impossible without a diversity of bodies, perception methods, approaches, types of experience, and ways of identification'.
During the last pandemic year, the Pushkin Museum merged with the National Center for Contemporary Art. Thus, the fifth anniversary festival is presented not only as an attempt at an existentialist mapping of a new situation, but also in a certain sense it introduces the new institutional body and examines new types of closeness/kinship/neighbor relationships through cooperation and the creation of a common map.
The festival program includes activities in all departments of the Pushkin Museum–NCCA in Saint Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Tomsk, and Vladikavkaz. The program will bring together international and Russian professionals who will share opinions, trends, and work practices with new culture audiences, using new narratives and communication tools.
A special part of the program of the International Inclusive Festival was organized with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Russia. It includes a presentation by experts from the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Strozzi (Florence), and the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan.
The program will also feature museum leaders and professionals from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Berlin State Museums, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, and others. Simultaneous German-to-Russian interpretation of the activities has been provided with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts would like to thank the 'Absolute-Help' Charitable Foundation, the 'Svet' Foundation, and the chairman of the foundation's general meeting, Alexander Svetakov, for help with the 'Accessible Museum' program. The organizers express appreciation to the Italian Embassy in Russia and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
The program is subject to change.
All events are free of charge. Admission is by pre-registration.
The museum reserves the right to limit admission to events as the halls fill up.