Russia as Haven for Counterculture Art? - The Artmossphere Street Art Biennale

Thursday, March 2, 2017
601B Pulitzer Hall (Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St)

Please join the Harriman Institute and Causa Artium for a presentation by Sabina Chagina, founder of the Artmossphere Biennale, a months-long city-wide program of international street art in Moscow.

This talk will be presented in Russian with simultaneous English translation.

Sabina Chagina is founder and organizer of perhaps the world’s largest event dedicated to street art, located in Moscow. The Artmossphere Biennale is a massive and unique event that brings the world's most important street art practitioners to Russia, where they work in the most important art venues and out on the streets (and walls!) of Moscow. For more information, click here for a recent Huffington Post feature on Artmossphere.

Sabina Chagina will speak on what it takes to succeed in such a massive undertaking in the unique context of the Russian capital, a fascinating place for an inherently anti-establishment art form that prides itself on its semi- (and sometimes complete) illegality. She will talk about her experience with the evolution of street art, one of today’s key competitors for the title of avant-garde art, and much more.

Don’t miss Ms. Chagina’s first visit to New York City, the cradle of street art, and her first appearance in America.

Sabina Chagina is a Moscow-based curator, the founder and author of the ArtMosSphere Street Art  Biennale. The first Biennale was held in 2014. She has since given the same name to a new creative collective that helps organize events in street art. One of the largest of these was “The Best City in the World” in 2013, which brought together Russian and foreign street art masters to create monumental street paintings on buildings in a particular area of Moscow. Chagina works to support street art and street artists in all forms.