Article in "Falling In: Movement and Becoming in Curatorial Research"

Nikolay Smirnov on his curatorial practice

Published by Mousse Publishing, Falling In: Movement and Becoming in Curatorial Research brings together the voices of various curators from different geographical regions. In their texts, they reveal their methods, motives and goals for research in the field of curating. Together they dive into the depths of their work and its performative, pedagogical, historical, affective, corporeal, activist and collective dimensions.

Our research associate Nikolay Smirnov is contributing to the anthology with the text Eurasian Alchemy. The essay concerns his curatorial research project Eurasian Alchemy (2021-2024), which centers on the anti-authoritarian and decolonial re-appropriation of esotericism by art. The text considers the complicated circumstances of the research's realization, such as geopolitical turbulence, as a part of "Eurasian Alchemy". The research was supported by the Kone Foundation and Frame Contemporary Art Finland and is going to be presented at Casco (Utrecht).

Falling in was published as part of the Frame Curatorial Research Fellowship and includes contributions by Ama Josephine Budge, Diana Campbell, Sonia D'Alto, Léuli Eshrāghi, Satu Herrala and Eva Neklyaeva, Initiative for Practices and Visions of Radical Care in collaboration with Anaïs Lepage, Miguel A. López, Nikolay Smirnov and TOK (Creative Association of Curators, Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits). It is edited by Dahlia El Broul, Ksenia Kaverina and Jussi Koitela.

Further information on the publication can be found at Falling In: Movement and Becoming in Curatorial Research — Mousse Magazine and Publishing