Collecting: School 2 in Belaya Kalitva, Russia

Photography project featuring the school chalk dust collection


Larisa N. Ivanova, Fine Arts
Tatiana A. Filatova, IT
Eugene G. Leonov, English


This project is the result of a year-long education program beginning in 2005 with discussions amongst the Andy Warhol Museum, Alcoa Foundation, Alcoa Russia and local education representatives in both Samara and Belaya Kalitva. An outline of an education program was developed that focused on using the Museum's online curriculum as a resource and working with a small number of local schools and teachers to enable deep engagement, as well as on providing these schools with needed technology resources. Subsequently, Warhol Museum staff traveled to Samara and Belaya Kalitva to conduct teacher workshops demonstrating the online curriculum and various technologies and artistic practices. They also visited the schools involved and held student master classes for select students. Teachers and a group of students from each of the thirteen participating schools worked together to create projects inspired by Warhol’s art, life and practice. Each school received the gift of a computer, Internet access and other equipment.

The students of School 2 were creative in their experimentation using photography and collection of chalk dust. Their photographs transform the everyday refuse of teaching at the chalkboard into something more ethereal. They also created a photographic piece around objects emptied from a locker onto a desk exploring the role of education in life.

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