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 is a curator, writer, and art historian based between Lebanon and London. As an independent curator, recent projects include exhibitions for Ashkal Alwan’s Home Works 8, Sursock Museum, and Beirut Art Center (all Beirut, Lebanon); Kiln Theatre (London, UK); the Transart Triennial (Berlin, Germany); apexart (New York, USA); and the Palestinian Museum (West Bank, Palestine).

In 2019, Rachel joined the V&A, London, as Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East. She is also curating exhibitions for Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge, UK), and the Whitworth Gallery (Manchester, UK) in 2020. Rachel is co-founder and editor of, and one third of Radio Earth Hold, a research collective commissioning radio broadcasts from artists. She is published extensively in contemporary arts contexts, and is currently a Forum Fellow at Art Dubai. Rachel studied history of art at St John’s College, Oxford, and Harvard University, specialising in art from the Middle East.

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 (1986) is an independent curator, based in Moscow.  He currently serves as the Curator of Garage Studios, Garage MCA in Moscow. He was the Curator-in-residence at Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, in 2018. Previous projects have included, co-initating theplatform blind_spot in 2017. co-founding «Triangle» curatorial studios in Moscow. from 2014-2016, as well as a participating in the Infra-Curatorial Platform at 11th Shanghai Biennale in 2016.  He has also served as the Curator of platform Start, Winzavod, from 2014-2015, and curated the exhibition “Leaving Tomorrow”.  He is a Curatorial Intensive Alumni, participating in the Moscow Intensive 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 a curator and art critic - lives and works in an international context between Berlin, Vienna and Sofia.
He is the Director of SCOPE BLN, Berlin.
His projects are in the field of contemporary art - installation, photography, video & film, multimedia, painting, sculpture, public art, conceptual design, 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, art as a political platform, gender art issues.
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: FLUCA – Austrian Cultural Pavilion – Plovdiv 2019 Eropean Capital of Culture; DNA Gallery, Berlin; National Art Gallery, Sofia; Manifesta 11, Zurich; Projektraum LS43, Berlin; Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna; Notgalerie, Vienna; Radiator Gallery, New York; IG Bildende Kunst Gallery, Vienna; bäckerstrasse4 Gallery, Vienna; Ernst Hilger Gallery, Vienna; Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna; LOOP Fair, Barcelona; Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia.
He served as Director for FLUCAAustrian Cultural Pavilion and the International Videoart Festival, Videoarchaeology.
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 is the manager of exhibitions at Dia Art Foundation. She recently organized presentations of works by Marian Zazeela at Dia:Beacon, as well as Keith Sonnier and Jacqueline Humphries at the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, NY. She was assistant curator of François Morellet at Dia:Chelsea in New York (2017–18), as well as Robert Ryman (2015-16), and La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Jung Hee Choi’s Dia 15 VI 13 545 West 22 Street Dream House (2015). She joined Dia Art Foundation in 2012.

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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