Sasha Shestakova

is a interdisciplinary researcher, writer and educator, currently based in Moscow, she holds an MA Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths UoL. She is  currently pursuing Phd at Ruhr University Bochum with a
working theme “Unsettling Futures of the Racial Capitalocene: Indigenous Worldings in Northeast Siberia”

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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