The ZIP Group’s critical and at times hilarious works stimulate and engage, while creating self-organized community spaces, such as in their native Krasnodar. The art-group ZIP was founded in 2009 in Krasnodar, in the south of Russia. The group consists of four young artists – Eldar Ganeev, Evgeny Rimkevich, and the brothers Stepan and Vasily Subbotin. The ZIP Group is based at former Soviet factory (ZIP means Factory of Measuring Devices) and thus keeps connection with the Soviet past. The ZIP Group explores industrial artifacts of our history and makes co-projects with workers. In the project “Utopia” the factory becomes a kind of independent state – the “island” of freedom for artists and creative people. In Krasnodar as with all of Russia there isn’t any system for art institutions to support young artists. So, using the spaces of ZIP, they have founded their own self-declared Institute of Contemporary Art — KICA.