Curatorial Intensive Symposium: Moscow

Curatorial Intensive Public Symposium in Moscow
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Session 1: 2:30-4:30 pm
Session 2: 5:00-7:45 pm

Garage Education Center
9/4 Krimskiy Val street
Moscow, Russia 119049
FREE and open to the public

Join ICI and the participants of the Curatorial Intensive in Moscow for a daylong public symposium, where the participants will present their exhibition and project proposals, which they have developed over the course of the program. The Curatorial Intensive: Developing Infrastructures for Art examines curatorial strategies for creatively building frameworks for art—from small-scale collaborative projects to new museums—that respond to the changing needs of artists and new art publics.

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Participants include: Rachel Dedman (Beirut, Lebanon), Naomi Hennig (Berlin, Germany), Ivan Isaev (Moscow, Russia), Kira Kheyfets (Moscow, Russia), Aaron Kohn (Johannesburg, South Africa), Alexey Korsi (Moscow, Russia), Boris Kostadinov (Vienna, Austria), Vera Roiter (Moscow, Russia), Maria Stepkina (Moscow, Russia), Megan Holly Witko (New York, NY, USA), and Elena Yaichnikova (Moscow, Russia).

August 9, 2014

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Garage Education Center
9/4 Krimskiy Val street
Moscow, Russia 119049


Rachel Dedman

Rachel Dedman (b.1989, London) is an independent curator and writer based in Beirut since 2013. Rachel’s practice includes in-depth art historical research and collaborative work with contemporary artists. Current and recent projects include Earth Hold for the Palestinian biennial, Qalandiya International (Ramallah and London, 2018); Labour of Love, for the Palestinian Museum (Ramallah, 2018); (2018); Kindling, for Fotopub Festival (Slovenia, 2017); Midad: The Public and Intimate Lives of Arabic Calligraphy, for Dar el-Nimer (Beirut, 2017); Unravelled, for Beirut Art Center (Beirut, 2016); Halcyon, for the Transart Triennal (Berlin, 2016); At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery, a satellite exhibition for the Palestinian Museum (Beirut, 2016); and Space Between Our Fingers, for apexart (Beirut, 2015). Rachel has written for Ibraaz, Reorient, and Spike, among many others, and is the author of two books on Palestinian dress. She was curator-in-residence at 98weeks and has received grants and scholarships from Independent Curators International, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the Getty Foundation. She studied History of Art at Oxford University and was the Von Clemm Postgraduate Fellow at Harvard University, where she specialised in contemporary art from the Middle-East. Rachel was a participant of Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace Program, Beirut, 2013/14.

Naomi Hennig

Naomi Hennig lives in Berlin, where she works as curator, project coordinator, and visual artist. Being involved in alternative education and artist-run initiatives, she has been collaborating in a number of curatorial projects and events, such as CloseUp, a site specific group show in public space as part of the Edinburgh Festival, the D/Effect Academy summer programme with student organisation Interflugs of the Berlin Art University, or the exhibition project Spaceship Yugoslavia at NGBK Berlin. She is currently running the exhibitions programme at Galerie im Turm in Berlin.

Ivan Isaev

Ivan Isaev is an independent curator, based in Moscow. He is curator of the independent VITRINA Space at the Centre for Contemporary Art Winzavod, Moscow.  He completed the MA program in Math at the People’s Friendship University of Russia in 2010. Isaev participated in the Moscow Second Summer Curatorial School by V-A-C Foundation in 2013. He also graduated from UNIC Institute program “Criticism and Curatorship in Contemporary Art” in 2014.

Kira Kheyfets

Kira Kheyfets (b. 1987) is an art historian, who graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2011 she started working at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art as an intern in the education department. Since 2012, she has developed the education programs dedicated to the exhibitions, including: Temporary Architecture of Gorky Park: from Melnikov to Ban (2012), Museum of Everything. Exhibition №5 (2013), Jan Švankmajer’s Kunstkammer and Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg’s The Black Pot (2013). She is now working as a project manager and as an assistant curator of Garage Field Research project. Her research interests include contemporary art, psychology, spiritual practices, cultural mixing and appropriation, modern art theories and practices, and museum history.

Aaron Kohn

Aaron is a passionate cultural entrepreneur. He is the former Director of the Museum of African Design in Johannesburg and Acting COO of the Constitution Hill Trust, a collection of museums, art collections and the site of the South African Constitutional Court.

Alexey Korsi

Alexey Korsi (b. 1986, Moscow) graduated from Moscow Institute of Architecture. In 2010 he enrolled in a Moscow school of photography and multimedia named after A. Rodchenko in a course of project photography of Vladimir Kupriyanov. He has curated special projects Barbarians and Semiconductors of III and IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2012, 2014). Korsi has participated in group and solo exhibitions at E.K.ArtBureau, Open gallery, Triumph gallery, Random gallery, NCCA, MAMM and others. He was nominated for the “Innovation” prize (2012, 2013) and the Kandinsky prize (2013). He lives and works in Moscow.

Boris Kostadinov

Boris Kostadinov is an independent curator based in Vienna. He received his Masters from the National Art Academy, Sofia in the Department of History and Theory of Art. His projects are in the field of contemporary art and photography, conceptual design and architecture, sound and interdisciplinary forms. They explore the interaction of art with political and geopolitical realities, economics, social processes and theories: economy of art, art as a social or activist gesture and art as a political platform. The second guideline of his work is art & technology. Such projects are defined by artistic practices that moderate relationships between elite science, future forecasts and social consciousness. He has curated recent projects for Radiator Gallery, New York; IG Bildende Kunst Gallery, Vienna; bäckerstrasse4 Gallery, Vienna; Ernst Hilger Gallery, Vienna; Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna; Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York; and LOOP Fair, Barcelona. He served as Director for the International Videoart Festival, Videoarchaeology, in Sofia. Kostadinov has authored many texts in catalogues and specialized publications.

Vera Roiter

Vera Roiter (b. 1990, Amsterdam) is a project manager at the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Philosophy at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics. She previously worked as a project manager and cultural observer for the Prokhorov Charity Foundation and is co-founder of the Soratnik [Companion-in-Arms] Prize, Moscow. She was also a juror for the Caryatid Prize, Nizhny Novgorod.

Maria Stepkina

Maria Stepkina currently lives in Moscow and works at the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO as coordinator for contemporary art projects. She holds a degree in law from the Moscow State Linguistic University. She also studied art history at the Free University of Berlin from 2011-2013. Parallel to her education in Berlin, she worked at a contemporary art gallery and helped in the participation in the Preview Berlin Art Fair 2013. In her current position, she has curated several exhibitions of young contemporary artists, worked with art history students on an exhibition project, and coordinated an exhibition of recently acquired museum exhibits from 20 Russian museums as part of an international museums festival.

Megan Holly Witko

Megan Holly Witko joined Dia Art Foundation in 2012 and currently serves as curatorial associate. She collaborated on the organization and implementation of the large-scale retrospective Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958 – 2010 (2014) and Gramsci Monument (2013), a site-specific installation in the South Bronx by Thomas Hirschhorn. Prior to joining Dia, Witko was the Director of Andrea Meislin Gallery in Chelsea where she organized exhibitions by Barry Frydlender, Ilit Azoulay and Michal Chelbin, among others. Witko completed her MA in Visual Culture Theory at New York University in 2008 and received a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006.

Elena Yaichnikova

Elena Yaichnikova (b. 1979, Moscow) is a Moscow-based independent curator and art-critic. She studied History, Literature and History of Art in Moscow, and completed an International Curatorial Training Program at the Ecole du Magasin CNAC in Grenoble, France in 2005–2006. Her exhibitions and curatorial projects include Observations Diary (Art Re:flex gallery, St. Petersburg, 2013), Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2012), Generation P: Young Artists from Moscow (Russenko festival, Paris, France, 2012), Once Upon a Present (Gallery SC, Zagreb, Croatia, 2011), Res publica in the frame of the France-Russia Year (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2010), 40 Lives of One Space, awarded a prize of the best curatorial project of the Special Program of the 3rd Moscow Biennale (2009), and Colocation [Living Together], a year-long program of exhibitions and public talks at La Box in 2007-2008 (Bourges, France). She was a curator of START project for young artists at Winzavod art center in 2011-2012. She has been working in the educational department of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art since 2013. She is a regular contributor to Russian and occasionally to international art press.

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