ANN: Domestic Art Galleries – A Transnational and Post-Socialist Network (online, 21 Apr-5 May 2023)

This Speaker Series brings together artists, art historians, gallery owners, and cultural workers from Russia, China, Cuba, and Canada to discuss the past and current phenomenon of “domestic apartment galleries” in these countries. They will share their experience in or with these venues in cross-context dialogues.

“Domestic art gallery” is an umbrella expression that describes houses and apartments in (post)-socialist countries hosting solo and group shows, artist and curator’s residencies, talks, workshops, etc., that have kept their primary domestic function. Since the 1960s and for decades, domestic art galleries have been instrumental in developing contemporary art in socialist countries such as the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba and constituted thus legitimate loci for generations of artists. Today, they are an appealing alternative for emerging artists and cultural activists under the pressure of modern authoritarian regimes and the increasingly globalized capitalist art market.


Cristina Figueroa Vives (Cuba) & Leonid Tsoy (Russia)
April 21, 2023, 9-11am ET
English only
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Egorka Gallery (Russia) & Jasagala (China)
April 28, 2023, 9-11am ET
English only
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BOLOHO (China) & Solveig Font (Cuba)
May 5, 2023, 9-11am ET
English & Chinese (with live interpretation)
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Organizers | Analays Alvarez Hernandez (Université de Montréal) & Maria Silina (Université du Québec à Montréal) & Yi Gu (University of Toronto)

Research Assistants | Jacob Zhicheng Zhang (University of Toronto) & Maryna Khrennikova (Université de Montréal)

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This Speaker Series draws on research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).