About Us

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

Partizaning is a movement, a collective, and a website. We document examples of art-based activism, interventions, and urban replanning from around the world. We believe that increasingly shared sociopolitical realities and dissatisfaction can be strategically addressed using art-based 'partizaning' tactics.

Our 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. We provide 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, we collectively organize projects, events, and publish an occassional bulletin. On March 4, 2012 – the day of the Russian Presidential Election – we launched the international, English language edition of the site.

Selected Projects


  • Cities for others, special project for festival of IV Moscow Urban Forum.
  • How improve the Yaroslavskiy district?, collaborative project with MYMFC, Moscow.
  • Let's organize your festival, ART OVRAG festival, Vyksa.
  • The Truth newspaper, Art Prospect festival, Saint-Petersburg.
  • Moscow Libraries, collaborative project with Moscow Library Center.



Selected exhibitions

  • Sobyanin, Baby, c'mon! Vostochnaya Gallery, Moscow, 2012.
  • Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends, The BMW Guggenheim Lab / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013.
  • The 10th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale, SESC, Sao Paulo, 2013.
  • global aCtIVISm, the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe
, 2014
  • 2nd International Award for Public Art, Public Art Review (USA), Public Art (China), The Institute for Public Art / Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, 2015
  • New Urban Reality, CLB Gallery, Berlin, 2017.
  • Partizaning: Participatory Urban Replanning, Nosna Gallery, Krakow, 2018

Want to know more? E-Mail us: partizaning.org@gmail.com
We Are: Igor PonosovMakeShriya MalhotraSonya Polskaya, Dmytro Zaietc.

Selected Media

In English:
DIY Civic Improvements: Muscovites Make Their Own Way
Russia's Urban Guerilla's Creating Greener and Safer Streets
Artful Dodger's: Urban Interventionist's Partizaning are Taking Back the Streets
Guerilla Style City Planning Gains Momentum
Partizaning: Strategical Art of Urban Living
Rebel Art: Partizaning Guerilla Interventions
Illegal Parking War in Russia
Urbanista: Participatory Art and Research
Moscow Metro DIY-Map
In French:
Partizaning Ce Civisme et Millitant
En Rusie la Creation Pour Ameliorer la Vie Des Citadins

Print publications (Magazines/Books):
Kunstforum: Urban Performance I, 2013, German.
Stadtaspekte: #2. Grauzonen, 2013, German.
We own the City, 2014, English.
Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place, 2015, English.
Beautiful trouble, Russian edition, Andrew Boyd & Dave Oswald Mitchell, 2015, Russian.
Global Activism: Art and Conflict in the 21st Century, Editing Peter Weibel, 2015, English.
Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures, Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant, 2015, English.
Russian Urban Art: History and Conflicts, Igor Ponosov, 2018.