Workshops and Final Exhibition for people with special needs
Educator: Olesya Ilenok
Workshop February-April 2022
Exhibition December 16, 2022 to February 28, 2023
ABT-Polis is a fictional city invented by the participants of the inclusive studio "Zarizovki". In the spring 2022, together with the artist Olesia Ilenok, participants explored Yekaterinburg and the structure of other cities, and then together invented their own. Classes consisted of small lectures about the structure of cities, research walks, and practical activities where participants sculpted clay and painted their pieces.

The exhibition is designed as a guidebook to the ABT-polis: you will learn about the main attractions and districts of the city, and you will get acquainted with the mayor and honorary citizens. The central object of the exhibition is a map of the city, assembled as if by bricks from clay models of buildings, trees, and monuments.
The exhibition will be held from December 16, 2022 to February 28, 2023 in the Yeltsin Center, Yekaterinburg
Since 2019, the Zariski Art Studio has existed at the Yeltsin Center, bringing together young artists with and without disabilities, with equal participation from those who are connected with visual art as a profession, as well as those who draw for fun. The format of the laboratory implies joint research and lack of canon, the opportunity to try and make mistakes, the search for communication within the group, and the search for one's own artistic language. "Zarizovki" cooperate with artists, illustrators, cartoonists, and designers. The result of creative collaboration can vary from an exhibition to a limited-edition line of accessories.
Welcome to ABT polis! A city created by the community of the "Zarisovki" project.
Maybe ABT polis does not exist on a real map, but it is definitely in our imaginations! Each element of urban infrastructure did not appear by chance and reflects our relationship with each other, nature, and animals.
Builders of the city first researched the world around them and then on the basis of this knowledge invented and embodied their fantasy world. We walked around Yekaterinburg, taking notes about all the objects on our way, trying to look at them through the eyes of a traveler. We discussed how cities are formed and called, what the coat of arms means and what is depicted on it, what elements make up the urban environment and why citizens need public art and street art. We played word games, determined the name of our city through democratic elections, and planned and built districts of ABT-Polis brick by brick, investing in each of them our strength and dreams of an ideal place to live.
Olesya Ilenok
Curator of the exhibition: Olesia Ilenok
Curator of the "Zarisovki" art laboratory: Ksenia Karabanova
Artists: Timur Akhmadiev, Georgy Burtnik, Nikita Vorobyov, Marta Gurtavets, Sonya Darenskikh, Ivan Zaikov, Galya Zueva, Dasha Ivanova, Ilya Kirpischikov, Ivan Kopylov, Dasha Krivonogova, Igor Kuznetsov, Vika Makarova, Mark Malinovsky, Nikita Motovilov, Nastia Nikonorova, Anya Osolotkova, Andrey Pashenko, Lesha Popov, Natasha Pryanikova, Egor Runov, Yan Sulimov, Denis Trushin, Artem Uporov
Photographer: Maxim Anshin
Designers: Lika Zhilina, Anastasia Mazharenko, Maria Patrakova
Elena Vozmischeva, Alina Gilmitdinova, Daria Golubeva, Lubov Kabalinova, Evgeny Kutergin, Marina Miritskevich, Airat Nigmatullin, Nikita Perfiliev, Yulia Chertikhina worked at the exhibition