Within 3 months of the open call RAF Prize received about 100 applications from journalists, researchers, curators, writers and artists. RAF editorial board headed by its editor-in-chief Jo Vickery selected the short list of candidates in two nominations.
Publication on Russian contemporary art
1. Paula Erizanu "Pussy Riot's dream was to create a movement: the evolution of Nadya Tolokonnikova" published in The Calvert Journal in 2021;
2. Jonatan Habib Engqvist "Room for thought" (essay about Asya Marakulina) published at in 2021;
3. Andrew Freeburg "Institutional Memory: Stepping inside DAU's documented fiction" published in Russian Art Focus
4. Theo Merz "A tribute to the Russian avant-garde sets off a storm" published at The Economist in 2019;
5. Kate de Pury "Artist probes Russia's toxic legacy through family history" (review of Pavel Otdelnov's exhibition at MMOMA) published at Associated Press in 2019.

Research paper on Russian contemporary art
1. "Agitatsia" research group (Dasha Filippova, Pavel Mitenko, Anastasiia Spirenkova, Antonina Stebur, Vera Zamyslova) "Party of the Dead: Necroaesthetics and Transformation of Political Performativity in Russia during the Pandemic" published in in 2021;
2. Maria Borshchevskaya "Exhibiting the invisible: Taus Makhacheva on Dagestan" published at in 2021;
3. Ksenya Gurshtein "Yuri Albert: always getting it wrong" published at in 2021;
4. Ksenia Nouril "Between the lines: the intermediality of Ilya Kabakov's albums" published in a book for the exhibition "Dialogues – Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov: stories about ourselves" at the Zimmerli Art Museum Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2019.
5. Saltanat Shoshanova "Gay-Art and Super Putin. Subversive Affirmation in Contemporary Russian Art". Proceeding of the 10th European Feminist Research conference that took place at the University of Göttingen in 2018.

Russian Art Focus Prize congratulates all finalists and is grateful to all authors who have submitted their great publications and research papers!

Winners will be determined by the Jury which is composed of members of Russian Art Focus Advisory Board and invited experts.
Two winners will be announced and awarded on the 3rd of September 2021 in Vienna, Austria during viennacontemporary art fair. The prize fund of the Prize is 6,000 Euros which will be divided equally between two laureates.

Stay focussed on Russian contemporary art and wait for the results!