Self#governing, 2012
Installation view
KW, 7th Berlin Biennale
Berlin (DE)

Marina Naprushkina works in close collaboration with key figures of the cultural and political scene in Belarus in order to strengthen democratic processes in the country. 2011 saw the first edition of Naprushkina’s newspaper, Self # governing, whose aim is to develop future models for Belarus outside of the bloc-building confines of the EU or Russia. The newspaper’s Russian edition was widely circulated in Belarus thanks to the efforts of many activists. The second edition of the paper analyzes the patriarchal, masculinist system of government in Belarus. It shows how women themselves unwittingly perpetuate this model, and possibilities for changing the situation. Considering the recent wave of protest and resistance across the globe, Self # governing can be read – and used – as a guide for daring to think about political alternatives worldwide.

Project partners: Kalmar Konstmuseum (SE); Krytyka Polityczna (PL); Olga Karatch // Nash dom (BY); Marina Naprushkina and Irina Solomatina, Institute of Future// Belarus; Tobias Weihmann (DE)