Sasha Shestakova

is a interdisciplinary researcher, writer and educator, currently based in Moscow, she holds an MA Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths UoL. Her main interests include the decolonial perspective on contemporary art in the heterogeneous post-Soviet space as well as the non-western perspectives on time and space. She develops her practice through the inquiry into the material dimensions of non-linear time and situated approach to envisioning otherwise.


Sasha's recent projects include “Constructing infrastructures for the futures", the investigation in infrastructures' construction through the agency of material labor; and symposium “Alien processes: reproduction and time" as well as the course “Futures instead of the world-ends”, taught and designed by her.


With Anna Engelhardt, Sasha is a co-founder of the Distributed Cognition Cooperative. By exploring the relationship between material bodies and abstract machines, DCC aims to disentangle post-Soviet space from the notion that it is a single unified zone instead of a heterogeneous range of socio-economic histories and cultures. Their projects include Intermodal Terminal, a collaborative web platform investigating the colonial logistics of post-Soviet space through the intermodal terminal in Nakhodka, a port city on the Atlantic coast of Russia; Caring for the Shaky Ground, a diagrammatic essay that explores the cognitive mapping of (de)colonial irrigation infrastructures in Crimea.



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