A meeting place for artist studios and creative production spaces, opened in 2005 under the leadership of Asya Filippova at the Moscow Technical Paper Factory. The project aims to create a comfortable space for work and creativity in Moscow and to become a platform for the presentation of non-profit art projects and supporting contemporary artists.
Fabrika is home to artist studios, art residencies, music production studios, design and architecture bureaus, theater and animation groups, publishing and printing houses. Today it hosts the iconic Ad Marginem publishing house, PIRANESI lab (experimental printing laboratory founded by graphic artist Alexey Veselovsky), the Liquid Theatre company (two-time winner of the Golden Mask Award), the Big Cartoon Festival, MSK Eastside Gallery, Animation Workshop, Moscow Film School pavilions and many others.
The history of the Center began with the opening of the exhibition “No Comment” which was a part of the First Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2005. Since then, exhibitions and festivals have become an important part of Fabrika’s life. Besides, Fabrika is one of the pioneers of the Artist in Residence program in Russia: an open studio that provides foreign artists with the opportunity to conduct research in Moscow, create an exhibition, and familiarize themselves with Russian contemporary art scene. Since the program was launched in 2008, more than 70 artists from Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United States, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Brazil, and many other countries have taken part in it.
Since its very beginning, Fabrika has paid great attention to supporting contemporary Russian artists. In 2014, the Fabrika Studios’ project began, organized by Asya Filippova and Natalia Obelchak. It provides an opportunity for artists to get a place to work and create exhibitions. In 2015, with the support of E.K. ArtBureau, Fabrika presented a new, session-based part of the program. From now on, “mid-career” artists who are 35 years or older, and find it very difficult to find support in the Russian context of contemporary art, are being invited to participate. The winners of an open call receive a studio for ten months and a production budget for their projects, presenting the final result of their work in the exhibition spaces of Fabrika.
Since 2016, Fabrika has also been developing social projects: together with the curatorial group To Enter and to Permit, the team of the Center created a Museum of the Basmanny District. The group explores the history, culture, and memory of the area around the neighborhood.
In 2008, CCI Fabrika became part of the international network of independent cultural centers Trans Europe Halls.