Our and other
curatorial project, 2023
The exhibition of contemporary national art Svoyo i Drugoe (Russian: своё и другое – our and other) opened at MOÑ (Kazan) on August 17, 2023. The project attempts to find a new vision of art that defines itself as national and to explore the boundaries of such art.

Project team:
Artist: Zulfiia Ilkaeva, Radik Musin, Ul'yana Podcorytova, Polina Serafimova, Emnoumno
Curator: Zulfiia Ilkaeva
Producer: Alena Batulla

Curatorial statement:

What art is considered Tatar, Udmurt, Bashkir, Russian, or Chuvash? Where do the associations come from?

Is it possible for art that has already earned the title of national art to disappear as new art forms emerge? When are traditions assumed to be preserved?

Who can create national art? What kind of things can an artist speak about through their culture? Is a culture that is not one's own alien or just different?

We do not know the answers to these questions, but we need your opinion. The project Svoyo i Drugoe (Russian: своё и другое – our and other) includes works by artists from Kazan, Izhevsk, Moscow, Cheboksary, and Ufa.

The artist's role is to explore, research, and ask questions. The role of the viewer is to find their own answer. The only thing we know for sure is that art is one of the few instruments available to bring changes at the moment. With this project, we want to start a conversation about the importance of finding new answers, which we lack today.

Photo: Dilara Shakirova
Public-talk and discussion on the opening of the exhibition

Moderator: Mariia Sarycheva
Artist: Zulfiia Ilkaeva, Radik Musin, Polina Serafimova.