Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen - Nowhere A Shadow - 1
Tuesday 19 September 2017 to Thursday 18 January 2018
Moscow, New Tretyakov Gallery

From 19 September 2017 till 18 January 2018, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art will take place.

Moscow Biennale is a huge international exhibition of contemporary art which is accepted to be one of the most important cultural events in Russia.

This year, the Main Project of the Biennale Clouds⇄Forests will take place in the New Tretyakov Gallery (The State Tretyakov Gallery, 10, Krymsky Val, Moscow). The curator of the 7th Moscow Biennale is Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts.

The 7th Moscow Biennale will be accompanied by a series of special events, including meetings with artists, lectures and discussions.

The British participants of the Biennale’s main programme are:

  • Björk, Iceland / United Kingdom
  • Uriel Orlow, Switzerland / United Kingdom
  • "Forensic Architecture", United Kingdom
  • Joey Holder, United Kingdom
  • Susan Schuppli, United Kingdom
  • Hussein Chalayan, Cyprus / United Kingdom
  • Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Israel & Belgium / United Kingdom
  • Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, United Kingdom.

About the educational program

The British educational program is held with the support of British Council Russia.

The 7th Moscow Biennale and the British Council, within the UK-Russia Year of science and education and Arts & Science programme, deliver a series of meetings and discussions with the British artists Daisy Ginsberg, Joey Holder, duet Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen and Forensic Architecture team.


  • 13 January, 14.00-16.00
    Public talk with Susan Schuppli

Contextual advertising, curated news feeds and machines analysing our every steps. This is Big data. Machines trained to anticipate our needs are a reality in many industries including visual arts – which is often at the forefront of innovation and change. . In this public talk, Susan Schuppli, Lara Simonova and Maria Semendyaeva will discuss how uncontrollable data streams affect us and what the future of contemporary art holds. 

Susan Schuppli is a member of the Forensic Architecture team, an independent research agency featured as part of the 7th Moscow Biennale. In addition, Susan is the Head of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work examines material evidence from wars, political conflicts and environmental disasters.

Lara Simonova is one of the Founders of Channelkit, a service that  analyses big data.

Maria Semendyaeva, Art Historian and Art Critic, will chair the discussion.

  • 25 November 2017, 14.00
    In discussion with Samaneh Moafi (Forensic Architecture): how technology has integrated art with journalism

Chair: Mikhail Zygar

Iranian/Australian architect and researcher Samaneh Moafi (Forensic Architecture) and Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar will discuss the fine line between art and journalism.

Forensic Architecture is a UK-based research agency, at Goldsmiths, University of London, that undertakes advanced architectural and media research on behalf of international prosecutors, human rights organisations and political and environmental justice groups.

The premise of Forensic Architecture is that analysing human rights violations must involve modelling dynamic events as they unfold in space and time and creating navigable 3D models of environments undergoing conflict, as well as the creation of filmic animations, and interactive cartographies on the urban or architectural scale. To this end, Forensic Architecture works in collaboration with a broad range of professionals including architects, scientists, archaeologists, lawyers, journalists and artists.

Mikhail Zygar is a Russian war correspondent and political writer. He is the author of All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin and The Empire Must Die: Russia’s Revolutionary Collapse, 1900-1917.

  • 19 September, 17.00
    Meeting with the duet Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen are London based artists working across objects, installation and film. Their practice follows geological, political and biological strains within the manufactured landscape to create work that questions the context of its own becoming.

Recent exhibitions took place at Para Site Hong Kong, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Fotomuseum Winterthur, HKW Berlin and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Recent screenings and talks include the ICA in London, TENT Rotterdam, Congo International Film Festival Goma and Cenart in Mexico City.


Their work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and M+ Museum in Hong Kong.