An exhibition about Kostroma and its people, devised and created by curators from Kostroma along with curators from
The first story looks at the history of Kostroma’s art scene from the early 1960s to the present, through works provided by the city’s Municipal Art Gallery and by project participants. Themes and subjects that determined Kostroma artists’ ideas about themselves and their region during this period are addressed. The exhibition includes paintings by Nikolai Shuvalov and Vladimir Muraviev (notable figures in unofficial art of the Thaw period); works by artists of the late 1980s and early 1990s—Alexander Akhanov, Alexander Bekasov, Pavel Belyaev, Natalya Buldakova (Smirnova), Iosif Dashevsky, Alexei Mukhin, and Vladimir Smirnov; as well as works by their younger colleagues who live in the city today.
The second story is about Equinox Day, a festival that took place in Kostroma on September 24th, 2022. Held on the square beside the Philharmonia, this outdoor festival brought together artists, artisans, musicians, and former and current Kostroma residents. As part of the A Mind of One’s Own exhibition and public programme at
The third story of A Mind of One’s Own references the programme of individual city walks that formed a part of the Equinox Day festival. The walks were developed by the dramatist Alina Zhurina and are based on texts by and about Kostroma residents, as well as on interviews with city dwellers. Zhurina has used these materials to create five individual game routes through the exhibition. Visitors are accompanied by a synthetic character invented by the dramatist along each of these routes. Each character speaks the words of real people, quotes from their works and biographies, and generalises their experiences and views on life as they lead visitors through the exhibition and the
A Mind of One’s Own does not seek to answer the question “What is Kostroma?” Rather, it invites us to think about who each one of us could be in the city.
The curatorial group would like to thank Vera Pryamikova, the director of the Kostroma Municipal Art Gallery, for her assistance in preparing the project.
The Equinox Day festival is a part of the
Yaroslav Aleshin, Sergei Babkin, Naya Bespalova, Marusya Sokolnikova, Alexandra Tumarkina, Margarita Yevtukova
Alexander Akhanov, Alexander Bekasov, Polina Belova, Pavel Belyaev, Natalya Buldakova (Smirnova), Vladislav Grachev, Iosif Dashevsky, Marina Ivanova, Vyacheslav Komarov, Alexander Korolev, Marya Korotko_, Lyudmila Makarenkova, Alexander Mariev, Vladimir Muraviev, Alexei Mukhin, Vladimir Smirnov, Viktor Shplyundin, Nikolai Shuvalov, Olga Shveitser, Vladimir Tyurin, Alexander Yeremin, Semyon Zaitsev
Olga Rokal (UTRO bureau)
Rodion Dogirev, Andrey Gordin, Alisa Kretova, Yuliya Razumovskaya, Daria Vorokhobko
Oksana Agapova, Yuliya Buchinskaya, Stasya Dementieva
Andrei Belov, Artom Kanifatov, Maxim Lapshin, Nikita Tolkache
Accessibility and inclusion curators
Sasha Anikushin, Vlad Kolesnikov, Oksana Osadchaya