We are honored to host multidisciplinary artist Mikhail (Misha) Ilin from October 2021 through January 2022 as he researches the art of social instructions and agreements. Originally from Moscow, Ilin divides his time between New York and DC. He is our third Artist-Organizer-in-Residence.
Ilin plans to turn our space on 8th Street NW into a seamlessly interwoven working and exhibition environment, where his collaborative research process will find form in performative installation. He says to expect a "mise-en-scène for the performance and documentation of instructions shared by the audience and me."
About the Artist
Mikhail (Misha) Ilin moved from Russia to the United States in 2016 to study fine arts. Through his art practice, Ilin locates cultural contact points at the juncture of politics, aesthetics, and between public and private spheres. Ilin seeks to contextualize private life experiences within established social rules to comment on common human needs of being understood, recognized, and accepted.
Ilin received his MFA in interdisciplinary studies from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2019 and has received numerous awards for his thesis research on matters of memory politics. Ilin’s recent work relies on the idea of instruction-based practice responding to the experience of confinement following practical training at Glenstone Museum. Through the use of mundane materials from the domestic environment as well as a visual vocabulary of situation-based practices, Ilin explores the everyday exchanges that structure our social lives. Ilin's installations, instructions, and social sculptures render an existing regimented environment and comment on the matters of mundane labor, the value of exchange, social roles, shame, and inequality. Over the last two years, Ilin has presented his works in Baltimore, Washington, and New York including their most recent exhibition at Inadequate Lighting in Baltimore, MD.
About this Residency Program
During the COVID-19 pandemic, WPA decided to use our gallery space as a residency to support artist-organized exchange and research. This is not WPA's first residence program—in the 1980s we had a designated apartment and studio space designed by David Ireland. More recently, following our conversion to an artist-driven program model, we shared our space with three artist mothers and their children for Artist Mother Studio, which was organized by Amy Hughes Braden in 2018.
October 2021–January 2022