PARAZIT Group. SEARCHING FOR THE TRAINED SPECTATOR

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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.

PARAZIT Group. SEARCHING FOR THE TRAINED SPECTATOR

3 march 2022-28 may 2022

Age restrictions: 18+

03.02 – 28.05.2022


Exhibition curators: Semyon Motolyanets, Timur Musaev-Kagan

Exhibition participants: Vladimir Kozin, Semyon Motolyanets, Petr Shvetsov, Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai, Kerim Ragimov, Olga Rostrosta, Igor Plotnikov, Natalia Feofilova-Feting, Vera Svetlova, Andrey Sikorsky, Vladimir Speransky, Vladimir Lilo, Timur Musaev-Kagan, Maria Grabareva, Emilia Sangi , Kolya Sadovnik, Dmitry Zheravov, Tanya Dubovskaya, Anna Ivonina, Natalia Grazhdankina, Ivan Smirnov, Alina Khalitova, Tatyana Pole, Greta Dimaris, Karozich Group, Lukas Shvetsov, Andrey Kabo, Alena Tereshko, Sasha Nefedova, Igor Panin.


Today PARAZIT is one of the brightest creative initiatives in St. Petersburg. This is a kind of creative laboratory, where there is a mutually beneficial exchange of skills and experience with youthful energy. With the main unchanged composition of the group, every year a large number of young talents pass through it, the brightest and most talented works remain in the association.

For a new exhibition at MARINA GISICH PROJECTS the members of the association which has existed on the art scene of St. Petersburg for over 20 years are preparing a project about the viewer, imaginary and real. The name of the exhibition is “In Search of a Prepared Spectator”. Or, more precisely, in search of the ideal mediator; fields in space-time, where this mediation between the artist and the viewer will be non-violent and mutually beneficial.


By and large, the state of such a search is an immanent property of the union. And then, when it climbs Olympus with all its mass, and when each of its participants goes out on the highway alone. As, however, in all other large exhibitions and projects of PARAZIT. The request for a viewer who is both sufficiently savvy, sophisticated, and at the same time open-minded may seem like a kind of whim; however, this is not a whim, but an urgent need.


The social involvement of the activities of the members of the association sometimes pushes them to use polar creative strategies - from the total hermeticity of the created works to their complete transparency, often enhanced by an ironically grotesque "story". However, one gets the impression that this focus on the problem of spectator perception is largely traumatic. The artists seem to say - this is my work, it is carefully reflected and properly executed, what else do you need?