|Can two defectors from Voina Group call themselves "Voina"? The war between Voina in hiding and the pretenders heats up as artists start boycotting 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art|
Curator and artist Zmijewski cancelled his planned appearance at the 4th Moscow as a “personal protest,” according to Voina (see group´s exclusive statement below in English and Russian).
Within minutes after posting this, curator Tatiana Volkova e-mailed evidence showing that on 27 September, The Yes Men decided not to boycott the show.
This whole fracas is a moving traget.
"When we agreed to boycott we had no clue that there was a split between different people in the Vonia Group, and that multiple groups were using the name. We were contacted by one of the groups who presented it as if there was only one group and they described their work as stolen while they were still in jail," Bonanno said.
I would welcome and publilsh his comments.
Voina accused the 4th Moscow and Ministry of Culture of coercing curators to show something, anything by Voina, even if stolen, fake or done by imposters.
It would be embarrassing not to showcase the artists at the 4th Moscow who won Russia´s coveted Innovation award for contemporary art, Voina says.
I would like to know the names of the jury panel…perhaps they´re exiled to their dachas in Siberia, not Odessa.
|Voina Group´s FREE VOINA website shows this image under The Arrest, depecting the moment cops arrived to make arrests.|
|Islamic art and design at Granada´s Alhambra, photograph by Stefan van Drake (2009)|
Because I have many social network connections with Russian artists, I decided to do a quicky translation by computer.