The 8th Art Prospect International Public Art Festival will take place in St. Petersburg September 23–26, transforming the familiar urban landscape and filling streets, courtyards, parks, and other public spaces with works of contemporary art. For the second year in a row, it will be hosted at House of Culture Creative Cluster, which will display works by over 20 artists and artist collectives from Russia, Finland, Switzerland, and the US. Events will take place in a hybrid online-offline format, allowing viewers to experience works by artists from around the world despite current pandemic-related restrictions. ​

The festival’s theme 2021, Forms of Unity, comes out of the experience of life during a pandemic. As the last year has demonstrated, the challenges faced by humanity cannot be overcome in isolation; the individualism valued by the market economy does not meet the challenges of our time. As in other watershed moments, now is the time to unite, come together, and listen to each other.

In addition to searching for new ways of relating, festival artists will explore the phenomenon of ‘houses of culture’ and their role in local communities. Through their artistic practices, artists will try to discover how houses of culture’s operations have changed since Soviet times, and how these organizations bring people together and provide support for them today.

House of Culture, St. Petersburg, Russia:

Alexandra Abakshina/Pistoletova (St. Petersburg, Russia), When Self-care is Not Enough

Peter Belyi (St. Petersburg, Russia), Russian Eden

Luisa Caldwell (Brooklyn, NY), Sasha Braulov (St. Petersburg, Russia), The Lost Half

Joshua Goode (Fort Worth, Texas), Deus ExCavator, North-7 (St. Petersburg, Russia), The Two-Headed Mammoth

Gorod Ustinov Microterritory (Izhevsk, Russia), Untitled/Guest Banner

Misha Gudvin (Moscow, Russia), New Pennant

Anna Harsanyi (USA), Anna Tereshkina, Anastasia Makarenko (St. Petersburg, Russia), ZAAGS

Kendal Henry (New York, NY), Public Art Workshop

Marina Karpova (St. Petersburg, Russia), There’s us and there’s the sounds surrounding us. What goes on in between?

Olya Kroytor (Moscow, Russia), Urban Performance Workshop

Elina Kulikova (Moscow, Russia), The Feeling Is Mutual

Clarinda Mac Low (New York, NY), Natalia Tikhonova (St. Petersburg, Russia), Mutual Education School

No Excuse (Omsk, Russia), Burlesque Harvest Festival at the Palace of Labor

Yeliz Palak (Berlin, Germany), Su gibi git su gibi gel

PARAZIT group (St. Petersburg, Russia), Transgaza

Anu Pennanen (Helsinki, Finland), IN RELIEF #2

Yan Posadsky (Voronezh, Russia), Halo

Igor Sanolet (Moscow, Russia), Reconstruction

Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai (St. Petersburg, Russia), You She-wolf, Barbara! , Invisible Glam

Masha Shprayzer (Moscow, Russia), At Some Point of Invisibility

Techno Poetry (St. Petersburg, Russia), (un)Happy Hoods, An outdoor documentary rap musical

Anastasia Vepreva (St. Petersburg, Russia), The Night Shift

Vokrug Da Okolo Independent Art Laboratory (St. Petersburg, Russia), Practices of Becoming New Kinds of Beings

Augmented Reality in the House of Culture, St. Petersburg, Russia:

Dagnini (Moscow, Russia), Attention Choir

Deus ExCavator (Kerim Ragimov and Petr Shvetsov, St. Petersburg), John Silver

Dmitri Kavka (Moscow, Russia), Tautobot (from the Greek τατός, “the same” + bot)

Anna Martynenko (St. Petersburg, Russia), The Parrots of DK Gaza

Remote Projects 


Chris Tigra (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Home, Sweet Home


Bouillon Group (Tbilisi, Georgia), Condition, performance


Pasha Cas (Almaty, Kazakhstan), The Embassy of the World

Maryam Talibdjanova, NadinTalibdjanova (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Good neighbors in Bukhar Zhirau


Ver Mr Artist (Ver Ikeseh) (Abuja, Nigeria), Colored Orphanage


HK “BUSINKI” (Krasnodar, Russia), Cafeteria

Gosha Elaev (Tyumen, Russia), River Dwellers

Olesya Illenok (Yekaterinburg, Russia), Urban Surveillance Garden

Michael Meier, Christoph Franz (Zurich, Switzerland), Pressed in Iron Screws

Alexandra Melnikova (Tyumen, Russia), Our Future Houses of Culture

Margarita Varakina, Anton Polsky (Make) (Moscow, Russia), Art Prospect in North Moscow’s Neighborhood Centers, a.k.a. Leningradsky (Art) Prospect

Nikita Spiridonov (Moscow, Russia), Dots, Lines, and Zigzags


Joey Chin (Bukit Batok, Singapore), Dear Dearest…: Public Letter Writer

South Africa

Unusual Bones (Cape Town, South Africa), reach


Lena Chen (Pittsburgh, PA), Journey of the Hungry Ghost

Nicolás Dumit Estévez (Bronx, NY), Growing a Green Heart

Ernesto Estrella (New York, NY), For Those Arriving to New York

Peter Kalivas (San Diego, CA), Deeply Rooted

Jill Miller, Nassirah Nelson (Berkeley, CA), Food and Art Bank (FAB)

NOoSPHERE Arts (Brooklyn, NY), WE ARE NATURE Rooftop Series


Vahid Kazimov (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), Tashkent and Seattle: New Possibilities as Sister Cities

Photo: Mikhail Grigoriev