The Annual Internship Programme for Young Russian Curators 2013-2014: WINNERS, EUNIC Russia

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We are pleased to inform you that the selection of curators for the EUNIC internship programme is completed. This year, six young Russian curators will be trained in prestigious cultural institutions in Europe: Das Weisse Haus (Austria) - Snezhana Vinogradova, Сentre Pompidou-Metz (France) - Alice Bogoyavlenskaya, The Nantes Museum of Fine Arts (France) - Daria Tkacheva, Färgfabriken (Sweden) - Sophia Gimon, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfallen (Germany) - Maria Weitz, and Artangel (Great Britain) - Anna Bitkina. During the programme, the curators will work on the theme "Changing the City". At the end of the programme, the curators will present their projects and the implementation of the best project will be financed by EUNIC.

Meet the curators

Austria : Snezhana Vinogradova studied art history in St. Petersburg and museology in Berlin and has conducted scientific research and been involved in exhibition activities on the basis of historical collections, as well as in the field of contemporary art. Snezhana has also worked as coordinator and facilitator at various stages of implementation of cultural and international exchange events and for one and a half years served for the benefit of opera and ballet, and was actively involved in arts and community initiatives. Snezhana intends to continue transforming her acquired experience into artistic public good that enriches the world around her.

Germany : Maria Veits is a sociologist, curator, and researcher. Maria graduated from St Petersburg State University and Bard College. She is co-founder and curator of the Creative Association of Curators TOK, a Russian NGO that develops large-scale international projects in the sphere of contemporary art and social sciences.  TOK is currently working on two long-term, socially significant projects: “Critical Mass”, a biannual exhibition of public art, held in dormant districts of St Petersburg and “Design Platform”, a project aimed at improving learning environments in post-Soviet schools, using innovative design and architecture practices. Maria also works as an independent curator and researcher; she’s currently involved in an art project on the history of GULAG and also plans to bring a large exhibition of Israeli video art to Russia in 2014.

France : Alisa Bogoyavlenskaya was born in Moscow and graduated from Moscow State University Arts Department with a cum laude MFA degree in Fine Art in 2011. During 2011-2013, Alisa attended courses at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow, with a focus on new artistic strategy for curators. Continuing her education, Alisa took internships at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (2009), Buffalo State College, State University of New York (2009) and Goldsmiths College, University of London (2013). Since 2009, Alisa has been working on projects with young artists involving exhibitions and performances.  As a curator she has collaborated with Artplay and the Zverev Center of Contemporary Art. Alisa featured at the Fourth Moscow Biennale (parallel programme) and at the Fifth Moscow Biennale, in Viktor Skersis’s project, Cloud. As an artist, she had five solo shows and her works are in private and museum collections in Russia and the USA. Apart from her curatorial activities, Alisa Bogoyavlenskaya runs the course “Twentieth Century Artistic Movements” and teaches composition at Moscow State University, as well as coordinating exhibitions at the University. In 2012, Alisa was awarded the silver medal of the Russian Union of Artists for her “Contribution to National Culture". Alisa is currently writing her thesis, which deals with the process of creating private and public art collections.

France : Daria Tkacheva was born in Kirov in 1982. She graduated from Vyatka State University of Humanities in 2005, majoring in culturology and history teaching. Since 2005, Daria has been working as an executive director and project manager at the Kirov-based, regional public organization, "Creative Youth Centre", and since 2011 she has been working as a senior fellow of the regional department in the National Centre for Contemporary Art in Nizhny Novgorod. During 2012 - 2013 she organized a Festival of Art in Public Spaces; SpasskayaOpenStreet. The project featured an annual programme of events, aimed at familiarizing the citizens of Kirov with different forms of contemporary art by means of public art: workshops, video and light installations, building façade projection, performances, etc.

Great Britain : Anna Bitkina is an independent curator and a founding director at the Creative Association of Curators TOK (www.tok-spb.org). Anna has more than 10 years of experience in the field of contemporary art and culture. In her curatorial practice she works with socially and politically engaged art, as well as with issues related to public spaces. Her recent curatorial projects include: “Critical Mass”, an international public art project (exhibitions of ‘Critical Mass’ took place in different open areas and public spaces in St Petersburg in 2011 and 2013), ‘Revolution in the Net’ (Helsinki, Cable Factory, 2012), ‘Nordic Art Today: Conceptual Debts, Broken Dreams, New Horizons’ (2011, St Petersburg), ‘United States of Europe’ (2011-2013) a traveling exhibition about European identity, 10 different locations in Europe, ‘Towards the Other’ with the participation of Mieke Bal and “Chto Delat?” (2011, St Petersburg), ‘Heroes of Our Time’ (2010, Second Moscow International Biennale for Young Art), ‘Revolution Per Minute’ with Tommi Gronlund and Petteri Nisunen (2009, Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), and ‘H2O: Nordic and Russian Art in Public Spaces’, international public art project (2009, St Petersburg). Anna lives and works in St Petersburg and Berlin.

Sweden : Sonia Guimon graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities, majoring in Fine Arts and also studied at the Strelka Institute. She also took the master's degree programme at the Madrid School of Architecture. Now working in an architectural office, previously Sonia has worked in the Shchusev Museum of Architecture. Sonia has curated exhibition projects at various venues, including the Museum of Applied Art, the “Room” Gallery, and the Praktika theatre.

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