ABOUT: The New Social is an independent London-based collective that stages public programmes - including film screenings, talks and special projects - as a way of rethinking the "New East" (the expansive territory that stretches across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Baltic, Russia and Central Asia).

The New Social was founded and is run by Olya Borissova (Sova) - film-programmer, curator, consultant, producer of cultural content. 


The Return of Memory

SAT 21 OCT – SUN 7 JAN, PREVIEW FRI 20 OCT, 18:00 – 21:00

Curated by: Olya Borissova, Anya Harrison & Sarah Perks

Artists: The Bureau of Melodramatic Research, Declan Clarke & Sarah Perks, Stephen Coates, Phil Collins, Callum Cooper, Gluklya, Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, Irina Korina, Victoria Lomasko, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, Yevgen Nikiforov, Marta Popivoda, Aza Shadenova, Ruslan Vashkevich

Comissioned by HOME Manchester

Unofficial histories, suppressed memories and strategies of resistance all converge in HOME’s new major group exhibition, which seeks to redress the legacy of the Russian Revolution on its centenary by exploring how contemporary artists are responding to the state of the ‘New East’ today. Rather than a nostalgic look at the past, new commissions and existing works reactivate and repurpose key emblems and stories of this past – from the avant-garde and revolution to the collapse of the Communist system and ideology – addressing key questions around the concept of The Return of Memory.

Subkultura by Artemy Troitsky is co-published by The New Social & HOME, and will be launched at the opening weekend. The exhibition will also include a special film and performance programme.

More information here.




Phil Collins

16 July 2017  

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and HOME, Manchester.

Associate Curators: Anya Harrison and Olya Borissova

Friedrich Engels - philosopher, writer, radical thinker - is coming back home. Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins is returning Engels to the city where he made his name - in the form of a Soviet-era statue, driven across Europe and permanently installed in the centre of Manchester.

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Photo: Phil Collins in Maryanivka, Ukraine, December 2016 , © Yevgen Nikiforov


In autumn 2017 The New Social & HOME will launch their co-publication Subkultura: Stories of Youth and Resistance in Russia, 1815-2017 by Russian writer and critic Artemy Troitsky.

An antidote to official 'History', Subkultura presents an alternative view of Russia’s past from early 19th century to today, narrated through its youth movements and subcultures.

Co-published by The New Social & HOME Manchester, the publication will be launched at the opening weekend of the exhibition co-curated by The New Social, The Return of Memory at HOME, SAT 21 OCT – SUN 7 JAN.

More information about the exhibition, here.