Marina Gisich Projects is a new gallery initiative with the unique exhibition program which is oriented on the experimental projects and artistic practices.

The idea of the platform is to follow up the interaction between the diverse spheres of the contemporary visual culture, where the visual arts is just one of the several elements.

The focus of Marina Gisich Projects is upon the projects at the intersection of visual arts, science, techniques, theatre, design, music, dance, performing practices.

The space is neighboring the main exhibition space of Marina Gisich Gallery at the same building on 121 Fontanka river embankment. It keeps the “story” - from 2009 to 2020 it was the primary space for the gallery.

Marina Gisich Projects finds one of its significant issues in helping circulation of the ideas and strategies between the various “culture agents”, institutions both inside the Russian artistic scene (where the infrastructure is just growing) and international professional community.

In this regard, this initiative is strategically oriented on the consecutive work and collaboration with the institutions and their curatorial teams and interaction with Russian and foreign independent curators.


6 february 2021-10 march 2021

Marina Gisich Gallery

Masters Art School

Marina Alexeeva and Vladimir Rannev


Audiovisual Installation

The Project is created with Veronika Berezina's support

Curator: Dmitry Renansky

Marina Alekseeva has always been interested in the social structures of contemporary society, which the artist has explored through the prism of the physical and material environment of human habitation. A new joint project with Vladimir Rannev reflects back on a series of Alekseeva's lightboxes from the 2000s that recreated miniature versions of the interiors of various religious buildings, from a cathedral to a mosque and an Orthodox church. The subject under examination in the total installation "The Whole Shebang" is the main temple of the modern human — their home, filled to the brim with devices and gadgets.

"The flesh of the installation is formed by a technique that visually creates the impression of mad technogenic bustle, the "demonic life". The audio is an ecstatic "symphony of comfort". Before us is an army battered by struggles with consumer greed."
 Vladimir Rannev

At first glance, it may seem that the content of Marina Alekseeva and Vladimir Rannev's project is limited to environmental issues, which are an important focus of the contemporary art scene. As you first approach it, "All Inclusive" really does look like a call to consider the consequences of household waste, an anti-manifesto against overproduction and consumerist society. Technology, designed to facilitate and improve everyday life, has taken on such a large role that it is gradually displacing humans, excluding us as irrelevant and turning into a closed, autonomous ecosystem. At the beginning of the XXI century, we are predicting the imminent rise of the machines, without realizing that in fact it has already happened long ago.

The "The Whole Shebang" project was conceived a little more than a year ago, in a completely different reality, as they say. It was the year 2020 and the time of lockdown, when humanity was actually locked in at home, and space and time collapsed into the experience of domestic life. It filled the work of Marina Alekseeva and Vladimir Rannev with new overtones that made it existential and even tragic.

The Project is technically supported by CYLAND MediaArtLab.