Project 1719 is dedicated to the Great Fire in Norrtälje, Sweden  during the Great Northern War (1700-1721). 

The aim of the group of artists and researchers is to explore how long-term military conflicts have affected natural ecosystems and human relationships from that time to the present day. 

The working group will stay at AiR BKN for about 2 weeks to start interdisciplinary field research on this topic and will present the interim results in an open format at the end of November 2023.

 During the residency  the project will take shape and direction as the beginning of something bigger.

Curator Marina Pugina >>>



Aleksey Shchigalev (b 1989)

Aleksey Shchigalev was born in the village of Ust-Chernaya in Perm Krai. He graduated from Ural Federal University with a degree in metallurgical machinery and equipment and Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA, Moscow). He started his career as a graffiti artist in 2007. In 2014, together with other street artists, he opened an artist-run space Dom Gruzchika.

He typically employs a variety of techniques and genres, ranging from painting and graphics to photo collage and video art, within site-specific installations. He explores alterations in the landscape and social transformation, often using local history and personal or found archives.

Lately, the artist has purposely isolated himself from the public. He is focusing on collecting data about repressed family members, historical military conflicts, and difficult heritage. As a part of Project 1719 at BKN he plans to continue working on it.

Currently based in Paris.

Personal exhibitions:

2021 – Technical Documentation, GUM-Red-Line's Art Storeroom, Moscow, Russia

2020 – Great Hammerhead, OSNOVA gallery, Moscow, Russia

2019 – 50:20:0050210, WeArt gallery, Nikolina gora, Russia

2018 – AN-2, Pereletniy kabak gallery, Moscow, Russia

2018 – AN-2, Hintercon, Hamburg, Germany

2017 – Observer's invisible horizon, City culture center, Perm, Russia

2017 – Introduction in a specialty, Cultural Transit Foundation, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2016 – Place of memory, Dom Gruzchika, Perm, Russia

2014 – Space of me, Perm Art Residence, Perm, Russia

Selected group shows:

2023 – Artchive, Atelier des artistes en exile, Paris, France.

2022 – X-Nowness, Basel Art Center, Basel, Switzerland.

2020 – 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

2018 – You Have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9… new messages, CCI Fabrika, Moscow, Russia.

2018 – festival of light art «Undark», Ekaterinburg, Russia

2018 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair «Supermarket 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

Antanas Jacinevichius (b 1988)

Media and sound artist.  He works with the demystification of politics, issues of collective memory, and the troubled past through sound, installation, and digital art.
As a part of Project 1719 at BKN he plans to work with archives and field recordings.

- Russian State University for the Humanities, master's program "Cultural studies" 2018-2020
- Rodchenko Art School, "Interactive, Communicative and Mixed Media Installation, Media Performance" (Moscow, Russia) 2017 - 2021
- Sound Artist (SA))_Studio) 2017

Practice of teaching
Online school of contemporary art "Conception", Sound-Art - 2021

2022 - MOKS residency (Mooste, Estonia)
2019 - Suoja / Shelter Festival - Laboratory (Helsinki, Finland)
2018 - Im_possible-object, CCI Fabrika (Moscow, Russia)
2018 - MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL BIENNALE FOR YOUNG ART parallel events Group Exhibition "ART-LOBSTER-TART", A3 Gallery (Moscow, Russia)

Musical Projects

- Spitsbergen

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