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Featuring specially commissioned artworks, a podcast series and a selection of timely essays, Sreda magazine offers a nuanced view on culture and contemporaneity. Content is available for a limited period of time and updated every Wednesday. The Russian word ‘sreda’ means Wednesday and also defines the natural, geographical and social environment.
Untitled, 2020. Paper, liner, markers, watercolour pencils
Salome, 2020. Paper, liner
Untitled (lizards), 2020. Paper, liner
Dead alien, 2020. Paper, liner

Viktor Zhdanov

A graduate of the 7th season of Open Studios (2021–2022), Viktor Zhdanov is also the founder of the Microbiennale of Horizontal Initiatives, a self-organised, non-commercial biennale that brings together contemporary artists, theorists, and curators working outside the institutional hierarchy. Born in Stary Oskol, Zhdanov lives and works in Moscow.

This issue of Sreda online magazine brings you works by the artist and curator Viktor Zhdanov.

The drawings featured in this issue date from the quarantine period, when the artist was living in his hometown of Stary Oskol. Despite their outward similarity and unified style, the motifs of these works are the products of a chaotic range of impressions, free associations, and unconscious processes. In his practice, Zhdanov makes frequent use of “automatic writing,” allowing him to create a world of personal folklore, at the foundation of which lies a personal cultural code and attention to detail.

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