Archive of Evgenii Garkusha’s project I Am Not An Artist

About the archive

In 2018, journalist, photographer, and friend of the art group North‑7 Evgenii Garkusha created the two‑hour documentary film I Am Not An Artist, which was based on seventeen interviews with contemporary artists from St. Petersburg (Vladimir Kozin, Petr Bely, Semyon Motolyants, Alena Tereshko, Alexander Tsikarishvili, Andrey Gorbunov, Anna Andrzhievskaya, Petr Dyakov, Nestor Engelke,Yuri Shtapakov, and others). The project archive includes over thirteen hours of video recordings, including interviews with the artists Asya Marakulina, Katya Granova, Leonid Tskhe, Valentin Egorov, and Will Owen that did not make it into the film, and over 400 photographs (portraits of artists, images from exhibition openings, studio interiors, and photos of artists at work).

Garkusha spoke to established artists who had been making paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and monumental art for decades and to emerging artists working with performative and interdisciplinary practices. Some of them had not been formally trained as artists and others were graduates of major institutions and practicing teachers. Garkusha’s idea was that project participants answered the questions that arise when one first comes across the practice of a contemporary artist: “Is an art school education necessary?”, “Who can be considered an artist?”, and “What is contemporary art?” The archive records how St. Petersburg artists of different generations define their strategies and also documents the local art scene in the 2010s.

About the founder

Evgenii Garkusha (b. 1987, Yalta) graduated in Journalism from the Vernadsky Taurida National University (Simferopol, 2014) and also studied at the Fotografika Academy of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism (2019) and the Fotodepartament Institute of Contemporary Photography (2019). He worked as a journalist in various information agencies and media outlets in Ukraine and Russia, including the Center for Investigative Journalism (2011–2014). He is the co‑founder of the contemporary photography journal Grandmama’s Print (2020). Garkusha has been involved in documentary and street photography since 2017. He lives and works in Barcelona.

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