Shvemy Sewing Cooperative
The clothes manufacturing cooperative Shvemy was established in St. Petersburg in 2015 as a dissertation project by students of the School for Engaged Art. The group currently comprises Maria Lukyanova (b. 1987, Volzhsky, Russia), Anna Tereshkina (b. 1986, Omsk, Russia), Antonina Melnik (b. 1988, Kiev, Ukraine), and Olesya Panova (b. 1988, Novosibirsk, Russia). Shvemy is simultaneously an art and an activist project, built on the model of an alternative economic structure. Its members regularly hold master classes on recycling and upcycling clothes. Group exhibitions include: Garazhe Triennial of Russian contemporary art (2017); “Textus”: embroidery, textile and feminism. Visual Culture Research Center, Kiev (2017); Female TSEKH-2016, TSEKH Exhibition Space, Minsk (2016); personal exhibition “The 9-th dream of sewing cooperative’s collective body”, Rosa’s House of coulture, St.Petersburg (2016); Pakkasukko Putinia vastaan III Festival, Helsinki (2016); traveling actionist laboratory Not Peace, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev (2015–2016); MediaImpact Festival of Activist Art, Moscow (2015, 2016); and 2nd Kiev Biennial of Contemporary Art, Kiev (2015).