Arctic Art Institute is an international project bureau in the Russian North, in the Euro-Arctic region of Russia, close to Scandinavia. We facilitate international communication, conduct research and create innovative projects.
New ideas are born in a free and creative environment.
By creating this environment, we revive the meanings and establish the new future.
Anton Valkovskii, State Center for Contemporary Art (Vladikavkaz Filial):
— For me, Arctic Art Institute is one of the most impressive projects on regional artistic scene and no doubt it is the most authoritative institute in the Russian North. With being beyond professional artistic practice and with engaging initiatives of all possible stakeholders, Arctic Art Institute brings back the significance of Russian North’s culture and speaks modern critical artistic language about this.
Numerous international (from Norway to South Korea) and Russian (from the White to the Black seas) partnerships and the high-quality project work are inspirational factors which make Arctic Art Institute a role model for next generations of regional curators and project managers.
Dima Filippov, Electrozavod gallery (Moscow, Russia):
— Arctic Art Institute is developing the line of self-organised regional communities and may become an example for other regions of cooperating with locals as well as with cultural institutes.
For me, Arctic Art Institute is a model of successful cultural development from below excluding with that a touch of marginality, underground and elitism that is a basis of the dialogue between the spectator and the artist, history and contemporary.
Evgenii Tenetov, associate director of The Northern Maritime Museum:
— Personally for me, “modern art” is not always in my sphere of interest. Being in Europe I do not visit museums of Modern Art. I’m not a snobism Modern Art isn’t simply my cup of tea. Though, I pay tribute to the democracy of actual art forms that gives infinite ranges of possibilities for realisation of diverse artistic people. I even believe that Modern Art serves as an important source of social and humanitarian functions.
But the work of Arctic Art Institute resonates with me because they try to find the synthesis of tradition and innovation in the roots, the mindset of local people; they try to see the folklore in a new light. It is essential to conceive tradition if only to make it live without transforming into nest-doll stagnant academicism.
The North owns endless non-discovered, to be more precise forgotten long time ago, mental and cultural potential which Arctic Art Institute tries to investigate.
Natalia Drannikova, Doctor of Philology, Professor of Northern Arctic Federal University:
Arctic Art Institute is a international project office in the North of Russia. Its employees have a good theoretical training, master modern methods of work and demonstrate high professionalism. The bureau has a wide network of international contacts, conducts research, organizes international events and creates innovative projects. The Arctic Art Institute can serve as a model for organizing similar work in other regions.