Igor Ponosov

Nizhnevartovsk (Russia)
Lives and works in Moscow.

Russian artist, ‘Partizaning’ activist, curator and researcher focused on Urban Art. Author of books: 'Art and the city' (Искусство и город) and 'Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts'. Laureate of The Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award (St Petersburg).

Between 2005 and 2009 he published three books on street art in Russia and the ex-USSR. From 2011 to 2013 he curated The Wall a project based in the CCA ‘Winzavod’, Moscow. In 2011 he founded the Partizaning.org website as a platform for exchange among activists, artists and urbanists. From 2013 to 2016 he curated Delai Sam festival, which focused on grassroots iniatives and activism in Russia. Igor is author of the book Art and the city (2016), for which he received The Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award 2016 for Best Text on Contemporary Art (St. Petersburg). In 2018 Igor has been published 'Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts' book, which has been launched in Tartu, Besancon, Paris, Helsinki and Berlin.

Selected exhibitions:

2018 — Is It Dangerous To Take A Shower During A Thunderstorm? Coat Gallery, Miami.
2018 — Habitat Happy
Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin.
2018 — Partizaning: Participatory Urban Replanning
Nosna Gallery, Krakow.
2018 — Meine Strasse? Моя Улица?
August Bebel Institut, Berlin.
2017 — Cultural Hijack
International School of Architecture ARCHIP, Prague.
2017 — Hand luggage only
Nuart Gallery, Stavanger.
2017 — GARAGE L6 #17
GARAGE L6, Freiburg.
2016 — Thaw
CCI Fabrika, Moscow.
2016 — XXI Triennale di Milano International Exposition
EXPERIENCE (Ex Expo Area), Milano.
2016 — Crossing borders / Crossing Boundaries
Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg.
2016 — Life o' Banner
Cracow Gallery Weekend KRAKERS, Krakow.
2015 — Russland vs. Russland Kulturkonflikte
Studio 1 Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin.
2015 — 2nd International Award for Public Art
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland.
2014 — global aCtIVISm
the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe.
2014 — 11
MCA Garage, Moscow.
2013 — The 10th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale
SESC, Sao Paulo.
2013 — Cooperation territory
16th LINE Gallery, Rostov-on-Don.
2012 — Sobyanin, Baby, C’mon!
Vostochnaya Gallery, Moscow.
2012 — The Wall
CCA Winzavod, Moscow.
2008 — Art about Mortality
М-gallery, Rostov-on-Don.
2006 — Street Art
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.


2017 — Gastatelier im Kunsthaus L6
Das Kulturamt der Stadt Freiburg.
2016 — The Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award 2016
Kuryokhin Center, Saint-Petersburg.
2016 — Living Alive
NCCA Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod.
2014 — Arts Leadership Fellows
CEC ArtsLink, New York.
2014 — Discover Eliava
GeoAIR Art Residency, Tbilisi.
2012—2013 The program in support of Russian artists
MCA Garage, Moscow.


2018 — Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts
2018 — Делай Сам/а: Практики низовых гражданских инициатив (co-author, Editor)
2017 — RECLAIM, RECODE, REINVENT: Urban Art and Activism in Eastern Europe (co-author, Editor)
2016 — Art and the city (Искусство и город)
2015 — Switchie/Switchie
2015 — Have good manner cut down banner
2005—2008 Objects (№ 1—3).


2017 — New Urban Reality
CLB Gallery, Berlin.
2017 — Graffiti in the Internet age
Electromuseum, Moscow.
2015 — ЦЕХ/Tsekh
CCC Smena, Kazan.
2015 — Urban Exploration
Moscow Urban Forum, Manege, Moscow.
2013—2015 Delai Sam / Delai Film
Zil Cultural Center, Flacon Design Factory, Moscow.
2010—2013 The Wall
CCA Winzavod, Moscow.
2008 — Russian Street Art is Dead
M'ARS Gallery, Moscow.

Online publications:

Interview on Arrested Motion
Interview on Widewalls 2017, 2018
Book review on Brooklyn Street Art
My article on Nuart Journal
Article about Partizaning on The Calvert Journal
A serie of personal articles on Partizaning