PROJECTS
TAUS MAKHACHEVA WILL PRESENT THE PROJECT "RING ROAD" AT THE COSMOSCOW

"This project is a symbolic representation of the realities of the art system which forces the artist to produce a product that meets consumerist expectations in order to obtain the support necessary for implementation of extensive ideas with no market potential. Taus Makhacheva has a number of such ambitious plans. One of them is the construction of a dual highway encircling the Dagestani mountain (Makhnot peak near the Bolshoy Gotsatl village) with no connection to the existing road network. Acting as a place intended for public use, this "highway" is a nonfunctional element of the landscape, the usefulness of which is grounded in the conceptual depth of the artistic message. Makhacheva uses the road as a metaphor for power, criticizing any claims for the territory according to which in order to establish authority over the space, it is necessary to reorganize it accordingly to the new rules and to pave the way.The winner will receive a grant, an additional prize of mentoring support from art experts and an art trip to Switzerland. The Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists aims to provide new international opportunities for Russian emerging talent as the winner can travel to Switzerland to explore the country's art scene, in addition to receiving mentorship support and a financial grant. During the fair Credit Suisse will also acquire a work by a Russian artist for the bank's Moscow office". - Alexey Maslyaev, curator of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair NonCommercial Programme

COSMOSCOW 2018 WILL PRESENT THE MEDIA ART COLLECTION BY THE PUSHKIN STATE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

The winner will receive a grant, an additional prize of mentoring support from art experts and an art trip to Switzerland. The Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists aims to provide new international opportunities for Russian emerging talent as the winner can travel to Switzerland to explore the country's art scene, in addition to receiving mentorship support and a financial grant. During the fair Credit Suisse will also acquire a work by a Russian artist for the bank's Moscow office.

The expert panel for the Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists 2018 includes such renowned art professionals as Sergey Bratkov, artist and professor at Rodchenko Art School, Olga Danilkina, art writer and editor-in-chief of the online magazine about contemporary art Aroundart.ru, Ilya Shipolovskih, Director of the Yeltsin Center art gallery, and Snejana Krsteva, curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Among the jury are André Rogger, head of Credit Suisse Collection, David Elliott, curator and writer, Olga Shishko, head of the Department of Film and Media Art at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Dmitry Ozerkov, Director of the Contemporary art department at the State Hermitage Museum, and Kati Kivinen, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA Helsinki.

CREDIT SUISSE AND COSMOSCOW WILL AWARD THE ANNUAL PRIZE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS FOR THE THIRD TIME.
The winner will receive a grant, an additional prize of mentoring support from art experts and an art trip to Switzerland. The Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists aims to provide new international opportunities for Russian emerging talent as the winner can travel to Switzerland to explore the country's art scene, in addition to receiving mentorship support and a financial grant. During the fair Credit Suisse will also acquire a work by a Russian artist for the bank's Moscow office.

The expert panel for the Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists 2018 includes such renowned art professionals as Sergey Bratkov, artist and professor at Rodchenko Art School, Olga Danilkina, art writer and editor-in-chief of the online magazine about contemporary art Aroundart.ru, Ilya Shipolovskih, Director of the Yeltsin Center art gallery, and Snejana Krsteva, curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Among the jury are André Rogger, head of Credit Suisse Collection, David Elliott, curator and writer, Olga Shishko, head of the Department of Film and Media Art at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Dmitry Ozerkov, Director of the Contemporary art department at the State Hermitage Museum, and Kati Kivinen, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA Helsinki.

COSMOSCOW 2018 INSTITUTION OF THE YEAR: SMENA CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (KAZAN)
Smena Center of Contemporary Culture is an independent project established in 2013. It regularly hosts contemporary art exhibitions, lectures by important art and science figures, screenings of programmes of international film festivals, presentations of books and public projects, concerts and major city events creating the focus of the cultural life of Kazan.

Smena is intensively promoting the subject of local history and new ways of representing the knowledge about it. This activity was launched by the Iskra festival in 2016 and later supported by the biannual intellectual literature festival and the Rudnik International Documentary Film Festival. The Center implements this mission by the activity of the independent publishing house of the same name which deals with little-known cultural and historical subjects connected with Kazan, Tatarstan and the Volga region. Books of the Smena publishing house are distinctive in the fact that they establish a balance between the local context and contemporary art practices. Local identity is reflected by means of contemporary art. Prominent and well-known Russian artists are welcomed to work on books. Among them are Irina Korina, Arseniy Zhilyaev, Anton Chernyak, Alexander Sigutin, Sveta Shuvaeva, Pachom, ZIP group, EliKuka and many others.

Taus Makhacheva —Cosmoscow 2018 Artist of the Year
Russian artist Taus Makhacheva was named Cosmoscow 2018 Artist of the Year. As a result, Taus will present her specially commissioned project as part of the Fair's forthcoming edition; her art will also provide the basis for Cosmoscow 2018 visual identity. Taus Makhacheva (b. 1983) is the recipient of Kandinsky Prize (2016) and Innovation Prize (2011) among others. In 2017 her work was featured in the main project of the 57th Venice Biennale.
Ruinart Art Patrionat
Russian artist Alexey Martins became the winner of the 2017 Ruinart Art Patronat grant. The grant will allow Martins to execute his proposed Black Diptych (Black Forest and Black Sky) project that will be exhibited for the first time at Cosmoscow in 2018. Martins will also get a chance to visit the House of Ruinart in the Champagne region in France. Born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Alexey Martins, who was a nominee of the 2015 Kandinsky Prize (Young Artist – Project of the Year) and is currently collaborating with the Fragment Gallery, Moscow, was selected from a total of 22 artist applications to win the Ruinart Art Patronat grant.
A special acquisition of three works by Russian artist Andrey Kuzkin was made to the State Tretyakov Gallery's permanent collection with the support of Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art.
The list of donated works include: All Ahead of You installation together with corresponding video documentation (2011); Around the Circle performance video documentation (2008), the Right to Life documentation of 2006-2015 actions, performances and projects.