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Elena Sorokina is a curator and art historian, she was a curator of the HISK (High Institute for Fine Arts, Belgium) 2017-2018. Between 2015-2017 she was a curatorial advisor of Documenta 14 in Athens/Kassel. Her upcoming project Crystal Clear will take place at the Pera Museum Istanbul in December 2020. She is the co-founder of the Initiative for Practices and Visions of Radical Care, launched in the midsts of confinement of COVID 19 in collaboration with Natasa Peresin-Bachelez. This initiative is dedicated to research and support artistic practices that enact care and use care strategies, especially in situations when institutions disengage, fail, or neglect.
Sorokina is an alumna of the Whitney Museum of American Art ISP in New York, previously obtaining her degree in art history from the Friedrich Wilhelm’s University in Bonn, Germany. Her recent projects include: “Variations on Vulnerability (Slow Compositions Between Six and Midnight)” at BOZAR, Brussels; “Mystic Properties” at Hotel de la Poste, (Art Brussel)s; Psycho-Vertical at Kunsthalle Bratislava, Museum (Science) Fictions at Centre Pompidou, Paris; “Forms of Togetherness (and Separation)” at WIELS, Brussels, and the Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne; “Spaces of Exception” and “Petroliana”, special projects for the Moscow Biennial; “Agnes Varda. Temps Trituré”, at LVMH Brussels; and others. She published in numerous catalogs and has been writing for Artforum, Flash Art, Cabinet Magazine, Manifesta Journal, Moscow Art Magazine, and other publications. Sorokina is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has been invited as a lecturer to Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée Picasso, Paris; Paris Photo; ISCP, New York; Garage CCC, Moscow; and other institutions.
Watch Now! Övül Ö. Durmusoglu (Curatorial Intensive, Inhotim ‘12) and Joanna Warsza, co-curators of Die Balkone, in conversation with curators Elena Sorokina and Tiago de Abreu Pinto (Curatorial Intensive, Summer NY ‘12). The four discussed how they activated their communities during quarantine, claimed public space for art and structured their responsive approaches on values of solidarity, generosity, and mutual support.read more »