Sasha Shestakova

is an interdisciplinary researcher whose primary interests include a decolonial perspective on art, non-western perceptions of time and space, art in heterogenous post-soviet space, and the politics of infrastructures.

They graduated MA in Contemporary Art Theory at the Goldsmiths University of London. They are currently working on Ph.D. at the Ruhr University Bochum, supervised by Prof. Henriette Gunkel. In their Ph.D. project, they use the museum collections to interrogate the temporal relations of Russia’s settler colonialism. They are interested in the way museums located in the imperial center contribute to the temporal conquest on an infrastructural level.

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 Pacific coast of Russia; Caring for the Shaky Ground, a diagrammatic essay that explores the cognitive mapping of (de)colonial irrigation infrastructures in Crimea.