Partycypacyjne (re)planowanie miasta: Partizaning exhibition in Krakow

On September, 2018 we had a second solo exhibition of Partizaning's tacticts. On the exhibihion have displayed our collection of hand written letters from citizens of Moscow, activism board game, original objects (mailboxes, maps, appropriated banners), many photos and part of film about urban interventions, which we did over 6 years. The show has been organized in Krakow by Nosna Foundation with support of The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. We glad to publish pictures from the exhibition with our short introduction.

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On November 27, 2011, we created a website devoted to changes in the city's spatial development. Soon after, we were observers of parliamentary elections – we put up posters during gatherings, issued a bulletin with ideas of civic initiatives, we painted pedestrian crossings, we made city benches, organized street discussions and carried out a number of other ideas.

The whole year – the year that began for us in early December with a big protest movement in Russia – is the most amazing experience in our lives. Our goal is a new society in which the boundaries between private and social, rich and poor, art and non-art, author and viewer, professional activity and private life will be repeatedly questioned.


We strongly support self-organization of residents and citizens, local economy, a society built on respect for the views of each minority. We choose various forms of appropriation of the language of those who took away our right to the city, its space, free movement within it and most importantly – those who deprived us of our relationships, friendships, love and trust. We want to give it all a new meaning.

Participants of the Partizaning movement (Igor Ponosov, Make, Sonya Polskaya, Shriya Malhotra, Dmytro Zaietc) operate on the principle of socially engaged public interventions, through which they change the urban space, disrupt the mechanisms of its current functioning, mark their "Right to the city".

Through their actions, within a few years, artists, sociologists and activists of Partizaning together with the residents of Moscow initiated stormy discussions on the development of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure of the city, organizing social space, creating civic centers and places where residents can implement their ideas. Currently, the word Partizaning is increasingly used as a common name, and the movement itself is a general Russian phenomenon that spontaneously spreads in many Russian cities from Zelenograd and Veliky Novgorod to Orenburg, Ufa and Novosibirsk.



September, 14–30. Nosna Gallery, Zabłocie 9a, Krakow.
More information:
Project co-financed by The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding.
Partners: The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding., Partizaning, Warsztat
Media patrons: NOTES.NA.6.TYGODNI,, Off Radio Kraków.
During the show we launched our new book Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts and organized a workshop based on art researching Zabłocie district, where is Nosna Gallery hold.