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Artists' Film International
Whitechapel Gallery &
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
June 2020

Established by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2008, Artists' Film International (AFI) is a collaborative project of 20 global art institutions, bringing together recent moving image works that are screened in each of the participating venues for one year. During 2020, works responding to the theme of language unfold across all partner organisations.

We at MOCT learned about the existence of the AFI programme during 2018 The London Open exhibition and noticed there was no institution representing Russia. True to our mission of promoting contemporary Russian art beyond its borders, we leaped at the opportunity and approached the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. The reason being, one of the Museum's priorities is to promote young and emerging artists, bringing them into the contemporary artistic process, and this aspect closely resonated with us at MOCT. Our invitation was warmly welcomed and MMOMA started the selection process that resulted in Evgeny's participation.

MMOMA is the first state museum in Russia that concentrates its activities exclusively on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is an energetic institution that plays an important part in the Moscow art scene and has one of the largest and most impressive collections of modern and contemporary Russian art.

We are humbled to collaborate with these world-class institutions and excited to have taken another stride ahead towards our mission of strengthening the cultural bridge between Russia and the United Kingdom.
Composed of mobile phone footage from 2014, Courbet's Funeral by Evgeny Granilshchikov explores a personal and political moment in Moscow during emerging protests against the war in Ukraine.
Filmed like a video diary, the work captures a mood of anxiety and uncertainty about the future amongst the artist's group of friends. Dreamy semi-documentary recordings show conversations in cafes and bars, curious minds flipping through art books and carefree nights out dancing.

Press here to watch the video and read more about the artist's work and his experience in lockdown.
Artists' Film International (AFI) partners are: Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, USA; Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania; Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA), Kabul, Afghanistan; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland; Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey; Friends of Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; KWM artcentre, Beijing, China; Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation, Amman, Jordan; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; Video-Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, German; Para Site, Hong Kong; Project 88, Mumbai, India; Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK.