Partizaning (v): public art practices which strategically challenge, shape, and reinvent urban and social realities.

Partizaning is a movement, a collective, and a website. It documents examples of art-based activism, interventions, and urban replanning from around the world. It believes that increasingly shared sociopolitical realities and dissatisfaction can be strategically addressed using art-based ‘partizaning’ tactics.

The aim is to explore the role of art as a practical tool for inclusive city regeneration and social activism. It evolves out of the cultural, political and social crisis facing contemporary Russia. It provides documentation and analysis of the role of art in reshaping public spaces, cities and human interactions – globally.

The website in Russian was launched in November 2011. Apart from running the website, it collectively organizes projects, events, and publish an occassional bulletin. On March 4, 2012 – the day of the Russian Presidential Election – it launched the international, English language edition of the site.

Partizaning has 4 members :

Igor Ponosov (1980) : Artist, Curator, Writer, Programmer and Hacker

Shriya Malhotra (1983) : Graduate of The New School (NYC), Cities and Social Justice, Artist, Researcher, Interventionist

Anton Polsky / MAKE (1982) : Graduate of Russia’s State Humanitarian University, Department of History of Art, Artist, Activist and Designer

Dmytro Zaiets (1985) : M.A. in Sociology at Lancaster University (UK, 2011), Ph.D in Sociology at V. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine, 2014). Independed cultural sociologist


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