The Gogova Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art and Culture is a nonprofit initiative founded by Mariana Guber-Gogova in 2016, and dedicated to the promotion of emerging artists from Russia and its neighbouring countries, both through the organization of non-commercial exhibitions, including exhibitions in state institutions, and through educational programs that bring together artists, critics and curators. Among Gogova Foundation’s first projects are a solo exhibition of Olya Kroytor at the Kasteyev Museum in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and a large-scale exhibition of both Russian and Austrian artists at the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Science in Nizhny Arkhyz (Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia).
Karachay-Cherkess Republic, its natural landscapes and cultural heritage, the ecological attributes of the region and it's ethnic diversity – all of these features combine to offer artists a unique opportunity for the research and creation of new works. The territory is home to the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, one of the buildings of the dedicated research town that will serves as the exhibition space for the artists residency. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, the Special Astrophysical Observatory in Nizhny Arkhyz remains the largest such facility in the country, and host to the largest optical telescope in Eurasia. Its research town boasts a population of around one thousand inhabitants, who regularly hold scientific conferences, in addition to developing and implementing new technologies for studying Space.
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