Public Programme of ‘Image Diplomacy’ project

Talks and film screeningsWorkshops and tours

Location: Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Goglevsky blvd. 10/2)


The public programme will include a series of talks, reading groups, film screenings and workshops. Russian and foreign experts in cinema, visual culture, photojournalism and philology will discuss the relationship between reality and representation, the visual image and political ideas, text and image, and the relationship between photography and human rights. The aim of the programme is to find tools for critical reflection on the visual material that appears on TV and cinema screens, in print media and online media today, and also to reveal the hidden potential of archive images.

The entrance is free upon registration



Talks and film screenings


18.11.2017 | 16:00–18:00

Image Diplomacy

Vladislav Shapovalov in conversation with Erika Balsom

Erika Balsom is a senior lecturer in film studies at King’s College (London). She is the author of After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation (2017), Documentary Across Disciplines (2016), and Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013).

Vladislav Shapovalov is an artist, researcher and editor living and working in Moscow and Milan. He is a former member of the art-group Radek Community (1999–2007). The main concern of his research is the cultural and visual mechanics behind the formulation of political imaginaries, immanent to different societies in different historical periods, through the use of exhibition strategies and photography.

The discussion will be in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.

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30.11.2017 | 17:00–18:30

Rewriting of images, rewriting of memory

Workshop with Natalia Fedorova

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30.11.2017 | 19:30–21:00

Non-objective photography

Lecture-tour with Natalia Fedorova

Natalia Fedorova is a researcher of linguistic media art, curator, and co-founder of the media-poetry group Machine Libertine.

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16.12.2017 | 17:00–19:00

Opening in Moscow (1959, directed by D.A. Pennebaker, 45 min)

Screening and discussion with Alisa Nasrtdinova

Alisa Nasrtdinova is a film theorist and senior specialist of the Russian State Film Fund.

The screening will take place at the Documentary Film Centre (Zubovsky Blvd, 2, building 7).

In English with Russian subtitles. To attend you must register.


21.12.2017 | 19:30–21:00

On politics and visual images

Ilya Kalinin, Alexei Ulko and Oksana Sarkisova in conversation

Ilya Kalinin is a philologist, historian of culture, critic, and chief editor of the journal Neprikosnovenny zapas (“Untapped Resourse”).

Alexei Ulko is a culturologist, critic and theorist of contemporary art, and a member of the Association of Scientists of Central Asia.

Oksana Sarkisova is a historian, film theorist, researcher of visual culture and director of the Verzio International Documentary Human Rights Festival. She is the author of the monograph Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia (2017).

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13.01.2017 | 16:00–18:00

“The Family of Man: a Visual Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (article by Ariella Azoulay, 2013)

Reading group with Dmitry Potemkin and Varvara Ganicheva

Dmitry Potemkin is a translator and chief editor of V-A-C press.

Varvara Ganicheva is a public programme curator of V-A-C Foundation.

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18.01.2018 | 19:30–21:00

On photojournalism and the viewer

A conversation with Andrei Polikanov

Andrey Polikanov is visual director of Takie dela (“How it is”) online media, a jury member of World Press Photo-2017, and was director of photography at Russian Reporter magazine in 2007-2015.

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20.01.2018 | 16:00–18:00

Who Benefits from the Work of Art: Political Exceptionalism and the Refugee Condition

A lecture by Anthony Downey

If the disavowal or absence of legal and political representation is a feature of being a refugee in an era of political exceptionalism, then what happens when artistic representation is inserted into this already compromised regime of visibility? In an all too amenable substitution that can often reconfirm the apparent absence of legal accountability, this lecture will suggest that cultural forms of representation are increasingly compensating for — if not replacing — the very systems and procedures of political and legal responsibility that are being denied refugees in the first place? This culturalisation of political debate has, in turn, effected two of the key aims of neoliberalism: the depoliticisation of debate and the de facto co-option of culture so that it ultimately answers to, rather than opposes, political debate.

Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa at Birmingham City University (UK). He is the Editor of Ibraaz (ibraaz.org) and sits on the Editorial Board of Third Text journal (thirdtext.org). He is currently researching Zones of Indistinction: Contemporary Art and the Cultural Logic of Late Modernity (forthcoming, Sternberg Press, 2018). For a full list of publications, see www.anthonydowney.com

The conversation will be in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.

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Workshops / tours



Every day, during exhibition opening hours

Every visitor can engage a mediator to gain better acquaintance with  the exhibition. Tours with a mediator are offered in Russian and English. We invite you to share and discuss your opinion of what you see. Advanced booking is available for groups of five people or more.


Studio (3+)

Every day, during exhibition opening hours.

Weekends, 16:00-20:00

A studio for independent work is located on the first floor of the Museum. The exhibition might inspire you to express your impressions in artistic form, as a collage or drawing. You can take your work away with you or leave it on the studio wall.


Photography workshop (7-12 year-olds)

Saturdays (25 November. 2, 9, 16, 23 December. 6, 13, 20 January) | 12: 00-14: 00

Saturday is a good day to bring the whole family to the exhibition, look at the first-ever images of the Earth and talk about the photos you like most. After the tour, you can visit the photo lab to see how photos are made.


Photography Workshop (13-17 year-olds)

Sundays (26 November. 3, 10, 17, 24 December. 7, 14, 21 January) | 12:00-15:00

The workshop is in two parts: acquaintance with the exhibition and work in the photo lab. Each participant takes a picture and prints a photo. We look at the results and talk about them at the end of the workshop.


High School Student Council (15-18 year-olds)

Thursdays (23, 30 November. 7, 14, 21 December. 11, 18, 25 January) | 17:00-19:00

We invite participation by high school school students who are interested in contemporary art. The programme consists of a series of meetings with experts and a practical creative task.


Groups for older people (60+)

Wednesdays (23 November. 7, 21 December. 4, 18 January) | 13:00-15: 00

We invite older people to take a leisurely tour of the exhibition accompanied by a mediator, to talk about contemporary art and share their experiences.


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