This experimental, trans-disciplinary hybrid seminar led by Marina Naprushkina was based on non-hierarchical politics of knowledge grounded in artistic production as a social practice. Marina Naprushkina is a political feminist artist and activist and her diverse artistic practice includes video, performance, drawings, installation, and text. Her work engages with current political and social issues. She lead a one week seminar for 14 young international artists of WHW Akademija Summer School focused on socially engaged practices achieved through collective practice. While working with the students of WHW Akademija Summer School she was focused on creating new formats, structures, and collaborative models based on self-organization and integrating theory and activism into an artistic practice. Her seminar was focused on collaborative activist practices that involve a dialogue with socially marginalized groups: migrants, minority communities. On her seminar held during WHW Akademija Summer School Marina Naprushkina raised the question about the possibilities of collective demands and actions. What are the needs and how can a collective claim be formulated? In the seminar, Marina Naprushkina focused on socially engaged practices achieved through collective practice and shared her artistic and activist practices based on the experiences working within self-organized structures and collaborative models, such as the Office For Anti-Propaganda, Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit or Moabit Mountain College. To foster the power of imagination, Marina Naprushkina developed a shadow theater together with the participants, where protagonists, narratives, memories and claims merged into a collective action. Marina Naprushkina delivered a short presentation during Open forum sharing the results of the seminar she held during the WHW Akademija Summer School with the local activist scene and artistic community in Zagreb.
Marina Naprushkina is an artist, feminist and activist. Her diverse artistic practice includes video, performance, drawings, installation, and text. Naprushkina is mostly working outside of institutional spaces, in cooperation with communities and activist organizations. Naprushkina is focusing on creating new formats, structures, and organizations based on self-organization overlap in theory and practice. In 2007 Naprushkina founded the Office for Anti Propaganda which concentrates on power structures in nation-states. In 2013 Naprushkina started the initiative Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit, which grew to be one of the largest initiatives in Berlin and built up a strong community of people with and without migrant and refugee backgrounds. Naprushkina was awarded the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture (2017) and the Sussmann Artist Award (2015). She participated a.o. at the Kyiv Biennale (2017), the 7th Berlin Biennale (2011), 11th International Istanbul Biennale (2009). Naprushkina teaches at the Universität der Künste Berlin.