Victoria Lomasko (Russia) : Graphic Art and the Evils of the Day

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Free RSVP 2017-03-24 8 p.m. 2017-03-24 America/New_York Victoria Lomasko (Russia) : Graphic Art and the Evils of the Day 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for a artist talk and panel discussion with Victoria Lomasko (Russia).  

This artist talk and book presentation by Russian artist Victoria Lomasko–known for her work exploring disenfranchised and marginalized groups in Russia– will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Tatyana Gershkovich (Carnegie Mellon University), Liz Park (Carnegie International), Jon Platt (University of Pittsburgh), and Rob Rogers (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Moderated by Sean Guillory (seansrussiablog.org).


02Victoria Lomasko has been a fixture at Moscow’s political trials and protests since the mid-2000s, documenting the tumultuous processes that shape today’s Russia. Working in the genre of “graphic reportage,” Lomasko came to prominence for her drawings of the “Forbidden Art-2006” trial and for her documentation of the protests over the arrest of Pussy Riot. Most recently, Lomasko has turned her attention to grassroots protest actions in Russia, including the long-distance truck drivers’ strike and the resistance of controversial construction projects at Torfyanka and Dubki (for more on this work, see:


Not content to limit herself to the political life of the country’s capital, Lomasko travels around the country and through the former Soviet republics, exploring the domestic, psychological, and spiritual condition of its diverse marginalized groups. Sex workers in Nizhny Novgorod, women in underground lesbian clubs, teachers in a remote village school, and children at the juvenile prison colonies where Lomasko volunteers as an art teacher have been some of the subjects of her sensitive, incisive portraits.

With empathy at the heart of her approach, Lomasko is drawn to people who challenge her, whose stories do not necessarily illustrate her own political views. In her graphic reportages, we find a panorama of modern Russian society. She will be discussing her new collection, an anthology of her work from 2009-2016, Other Russias (N+1, 2016). 

Lomasko’s artist talk will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local scholars, curators, and journalists on how graphic art in Russia, the US, and Europe reflects and responds to the “evils of the day” (a calque of the Russian word for current events, zlobodnevnost).

The event will coincide with an exhibit of Lomasko’s work in the Ellis Gallery (Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art, rm. 312; opening reception, Monday, March 20, 6:00 PM).


Portions of this event will be presented in Russian. City of Asylum will offer simultaneous translation for this event through the Hearing Hotspot App. Guests are asked to download this FREE app and bring a smartphone with headphones/earbuds to the event. Earbuds will also be offered at the event for $5.  

Downloading the Hearing Hotspot App

  1. Go to the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).
  2. Search for “Hearing Hotspot.”
  3. You can find the app with this logo. It is published by Williams Sound. HearingHotspotLogo
  4. Select “Get” and then “Install” (iPhone) or “Install” (Android).
  5. Wait for app to download and install, and you are finished!


 Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, the Humanities Center, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Office of the Provost (Pitt Year of Diversity).

Event Details

March 24, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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