SUBSTANCE is an interdisciplinary creative platform founded by curator Sabina Chagina in 2023. Twenty years of experience and expertise in the field of contemporary art, music and communication have defined the key areas of work, but have not limited them — the platform asserts an approach without genre and stylistic boundaries, a focus on art as a process, and communication as the basis of any creativity. The platform's activities will be aimed at creating new multi-genre and experimental formats that unite communications between various participants in the field of modern culture.
The name was born as a synthesis of the Latin term substantia, meaning "underlying", and the name Sabina, abbreviated Saba. It refers to the personal philosophy and experience at the heart of the platform: difficulties and external constraints always help to manifest the true essence, which remains unchanged, any difficulties only strengthen the movement forward, sometimes this movement is without direction, but the process itself is important. An important component of the platform will also be the concept of perspective — it is always a look through, a spatial system. The experience of working with space teaches us to explore the context, the power of place and the purpose of creative action: it will help to develop flexible creative solutions and integrate them into different formats, models and business tasks.
Artists represented at Cosmoscow 2023: Misha Most, Vladimir Abikh, Andrey Bartenev, Kirill Kto, Ivan Simonov, Aristarkh Chernyshev, Maxim Ima, Katya Moroz, Andrey Logvin.