Mainly working with photography, video and installation, Anna Jermolaewa often analyzes social relations, social structures and stereotypical roles manifest in democratic and totalitarian power apparatuses. Her video Political Extras that documents a paid-for mass demonstration organized by Jermolaewa for the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2015 is currently being shown as part of the exhibition Political Populism. After advertizing on a Russian website roughly one hundred people were hired to demonstrate both for and against the international art event. The agitators were offered a small fee—following the reported practice of some recent political demonstrations in Russia.
Vanessa Joan Müller and Anna Jermolaewa will talk about the possibilities of political art today, the relationship between politics and aesthetics and the role of the artist in today’s society.