Grant Programme for Internationalization
What Do Landscapes Say? Speculating the Diversity of Landscapes and Identities
Nomaos is a collective of six Russian and four Dutch makers and designers investigating the diversity of and relationships between landscapes and identities in Russia. The interdisciplinary team demonstrates a speculative artistic approach to the landscape as an alternative to the conventional exploitation-based approach.
In the start-up phase, the team performed preliminary research into the urban and societal challenges in Russia, and the participants made a plan for the creation of new work. In the follow-up phase, the participants will develop the work and will address the identity of a specific location in Russia, each in his/her own way. The participants and locations are: Ksenia Kopalova (Kizji island), Mascha Kremer (Vyborg), Nataly Lakhtina (Kizji island), Nikolay Nikolaev (Yakutsk), Polina Veidenback (Moscow region), Rachel Bacon (mines in Lomonosov or Mirny), Radha Smith (St. Petersburg), Vera Mennens (Curonian Spit National Park), Yue Mao (Vyborg and Moscow region) and Maria Malkova (Mirny). The result will comprise ten speculative narratives of the Russian landscape in different creative forms including installations, films, illustrations and creative writing. The team will compile the results in a publication, an exhibition, and through interactive events in collaboration with Strelka Magazine.