Project Reading Lenin for Corporations started as a reading seminar with corporate employees that took place in 2008 at Gallery P.S. 122 in NYC. The seminar brought together artists, writers and businessmen to discuss the intersections of politics, economics and Lenin’s theory (particularly, Lenin’s book Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism).

In 2011 Fiks, Kopenkina and Lerman produced the video comprised of interviews with Wall Street businessmen and economists in the moment when the movement Occupy Wall Street shook the city and corroborated corporate executives’ ‘peace of mind’. The interviews were conducted around Zuccotti Park in financial district as well as financial offices. The interviewees discuss Lenin’s book against the backdrop of continuous collapse of economy, global rise of unemployment and states’ austerity measures.


Yevgeniy Fiks is a Moscow-born New York artist. His projects include “Lenin for Your Library?” in which he mailed V.I.Lenin’s text “Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism” to one hundred global corporations as a donation for their corporate library; “Communist Party USA,” a series of portraits of current members of Communist Party USA, which he painted from life in the Party’s national headquarters in New York City; and “Communist Guide to New York City,” a series of photographs of buildings and public places in New York City that are connected to the history of the American Communist movement. www.yevgeniyfiks.com

Olga Kopenkina, a curator and critic born in Belarus, based in New York since 1999. She graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 2001. Her exhibitions and projects include Brewster 2003 Collaboration, New York; Post-Diasporas: Voyages and Missions at the First Moscow Biennale, Moscow (2005); Russia: Significant Other, Anna Akhmatova Museum, St Petersburg (2006); Terror Tactics, a film program at apexart, New York (2007), Properly Past at BRIC Rotunda, Brooklyn, 2008. Kopenkina has written for such publications as Moscow Art Magazine, ArtMargins, Rethinking Marxism, Modern Painters, Afterimage.

Alexandra (Sasha) Lerman,  interweaves documentary and fiction in sculpture, installations and video to interrogate systems and ideologies governing the post-industrial world of immaterial labour, production, communication and mediation. The themes of her work locate themselves in historical moments in which language, body gesture and expressive freedom come into conflict with the abstract forces of private, institutional and governmental control such as copyright, artistic ownership, digital licensing and merchandising.

Lerman’s individual and collaborative projects have been shown at theStorefront for Art and ArchitectureAnthology Film ArchivesAustrian Cultural ForumArtists Space and Janos Gat Gallery, the New Museum in New York, MUSAC in Spain and the Hermitage in Russia. She took part inThe Retreat: A Position of dOCUMENTA (13) Banff Research in Culture 2012, Banff, Alberta, Canada and the LMCC Workspace program 2012-2013. Alexandra holds an MFA from Columbia University, 2012 and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, 2004.

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