Viktoria Lomasko (1978* in Serpukhov) graduated in 2003 from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts, where she majored in graphic art and book design. Currently she works as a graphic artist with a particular focus on graphic reportage. She draws on Russian traditions of reportage drawing (as practiced during the Siege of Leningrad, in the Gulag, and within the military), and has lectured and written about the topic. In her own graphic reportage work, Lomasko explores current Russian society, especially the inner workings of the country’s diverse communities and groups, such as Russian orthodox believers, LGBT activists, underage prostitutes/sex workers, migrant workers, and collective farm workers. As a graphic reportage artist, she has collaborated with both the mass media and human rights organizations, and her work has been exhibited at numerous shows in Russia and abroad. She is also the co-curator of two long-term projects combining art and activism, ‘Our Courtroom Drawings’ (with Zlata Ponirovska) and ‘Feminist Pencil’ (with Nadya Plungian). The artist lives and works in Moscow.
Perspectives of Social Graphic Art in Russia
⁃ How can social graphic art be developed without access to the broader audience? The censorship situation in Russia and the creation of social art pieces for export.
⁃ In the last few years, Russian society has ceased to be apolitical. How does this influence the language and the aims of social graphic art?
⁃ Is social graphic art capable not just of reacting to events but also of showing the perspectives of societal development? Examples.
⁃ What does the term ‘artist activist’ mean? How can it be that socially themed graphic art is seen and categorized as ‘activist art’? ‘Artist activists’ of the 20th century.
⁃ The evolution process from artist to curator, artists’ self-organisation and attempts of institutionalising. Personal experience and examples (curatorial projects ‘Feminist Pencil’ and ‘Drawing the Courtroom’).