The editorial board and some of the current authors present the recently published third issue of the art journal ‘SHY PLUMBER to the Berlin audience ‘.
With this issue – the third by number and the first after the Russian criminal military invasion of Ukraine began – the journal unequivocally takes solidarity with Ukraine and changes its name from ‘Shy Plumber, a Journal of Art and Anti-Art’ to ‘Shy Plumber, Anti-War Journal of Art and Anti-Art’. The Editorial of the coming issue states: “The avant-gardist and conceptualist periodicals we assume as our predecessors either were or soon became wartime art journals. For ‘The Blind Man’, it was the First World War, for ‘Beщь’, the last stage of the Civil War in Russia and for ‘Art-Language’ and ‘The Fox’, the Vietnam War. Now, Shy Plumber, too, has been caught up in war, the war in Ukraine. This makes us an anti-war, anti-fascist, anti-putin, anti-putinist, and ultimately – until Russia is no longer ruled by putinism – an anti-Russia art periodical.” Shy Plumber Issue 3 gathered over twenty international artists and writers united under this political statement: Paal Bjelke Andersen, Panos Balomenos, Miranda Blennerhassett, Frank Brümmel, Matthew Cowan, Leonor Ruiz Dubrovin, David Foggo, Pavel Gerasimenko, Minna Henriksson, Miina Hujala & Arttu Merimaa, James Johnson-Perkins, Spartak Khachanov, Kaisu Koivisto, Tanja Koljonen, Stephanie Misa, Jana Müller, Ilya Orlov, Elina Saloranta, Jyrki Siukonen, Andrey Ustinov and Marko Vuokola.
Shy Plumber is an independent international art periodical published in Helsinki. Invented in 2020, the journal is focused on conceptual art today in its varied forms. Shy Plumber publishes artworks, considering them a fully-fledged analogue of showing it at a gallery or museum exhibition, as well as texts in art theory, intentionally and programmatically blurring the borders between art and philosophy, word and image, practice and theory. The editors are Ilya Orlov (Helsinki), Matthew Cowan (Berlin), Andrey Ustinov (Berlin).
The journal itself does not currently receive support from any external source and is fully independent. It is circulated free of charge via pdf.
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