Garage MCA Moscow
Special Project of the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art
Installation view, Shchusev State Museum of Architecture
Photo: Egor Slizyak
© Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
15 April – 6 June 2021
Shchusev State Museum of Architecture
Alexandra Anikina, Evgeny Dedov, Katya Ev, Natalia Grezina, Olga Grotova, Elizaveta Konovalova, Margarita Maximova, Angelina Merenkova, Ivan Murzin, Igor Shuklin, Yana Smetanina
Curator: Ivan Novikov
Fifth Wave is opening during the Covid-19 pandemic, at a time when most borders remain closed and states are doing everything in their power to interrupt migration ows. Isolation and enforced disconnec- tion across the world accentuate the alienation of migrants from the rest of the society. Cultural workers may nd themselves in the toughest situation they have faced for years. With museums, theaters, and cultural centers closed, the social distancing regime aggravates their isolation.
Today, the very idea of exploring art within the borders of one country might seem conservative. But, as the year 2020 has taught us, questions of global integration remain relevant. Borders have not been erased, and in some cases they have become more evident. The neglect of migrant artists harms culture as a whole. This is why an exhibition of Russian artists who have left the country, becoming invisible for the local viewer, is so important.