Young Russian Curators: Winners 2016

Sweden: Oxana Polyakova

We are pleased to inform you that the selection of curators for the EUNIC internship programme is completed. This year, five young Russian curators will be trained in prestigious cultural institutions in Europe: Ars Electronica (Austria) – Olga Vad, Palais de Tokyo (France) – Daria Khan, Tensta konsthall (Sweden) – Oxana Polyakova, Kunstverein in Hamburg (Germany) – Ivan Isaev, Science Museum in London (Great Britain) – Alexandra Khazina. At the end of the programme, the curators will present their projects and the implementation of the best project will be financed by EUNIC.

Austria: Olga Vad, graduated from the St. Petersburg State University and got a degree in Russian language and literature. Finished the ‘Cultural Journalism’ program at Pro Arte Institute (St. Petersburg) and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Moscow). In 2015 was admitted to Forth Moscow Curatorial Summer School organized by V-A-C Foundation.

Currently works as a special projects curator in the Polytechnic Museum. Responsible for exhibition program of the «Polytech» Science, Art & Technology Festival, educational program of the «360°» International Science & Technology Film Festival and the Lectorium of Polytech. Works as a cultural manager and curator since 2010.

Germany: Ivan Isaev, independent curator, graduated from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR). Studied at  2nd Moscow Summer Curatorial School (by V-A-C Foundation). Participant of ICI (Independent Curators International). Curator of START Platform for young art (season 2014/15). Curator of Leaving Tomorrow show (CCA Winzavod, 2015). Co-founder of Triangle curatorial studio (based in Electrozavod, Moscow).

France: This year, the internship program for young Russian curators (Eunic) declared Daria Khan. Daria graduated from the MA programme in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in 2013. Curated exhibitions and projects, including: Levitate, Freiraum 21 International, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, 2015; The Colour of Pomegranate, Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow, 2014; Public Programme of 5th Moscow Biennial, 2013; Twin Mind, Spazio Carbonesi, Bologna, Italy, 2012; SVOBODA, Spazio Carbonesi, Bologna, Italy, 2011; Imperfetto, Spazio Carbonesi, Bologna, Italy, 2010. Co-curated exhibitions, including: No one lives here, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2013; Still Moving (screening) Bloomberg New Contemporaries Film Salons, ICA, London, UK, 2013; In Use, Acme space, London, UK, 2013. Contributed as a speaker at Histoires d’expositions Symposium, 2014 at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Was a curator in residency at the MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, 2015.

Great Britain:  After 2 years of cultural management in the French Institute in Saint-Petersburg, Alexandra Khazina, the 2016 EUNIC winner, moved to Moscow to work in the Polytechnic Museum as the curator in the Educational department to  take part in the launching of the Polytech Science Festival, a weekend of science, art and technology for 50 000 visitors. Since then she organized some beautiful events including art projects, public talks, installations and workshops. Together with Polytech, she co-curates the parallel program for 360° Science & Technology Film festival, a flagship event of the museum with documentary movies and series of speaking events. As a former film and literature student (SPBGU Faculty of Humanities, then Sorbonne 1 – Cinema & Audiovisual arts), she continues to write about cinema and theatre for various media. In 2015 she studied in V-A-C Moscow Curatorial Summer school dedicated to the Educational turn in contemporary art.

Sweden: Oxana Polyakova is an independent curator and researcher, participant of the Moscow-based artist-run space Centre "Red”. Her academic interests include Soviet Nonconformist art, contemporary Russian art, exhibition practices and cross-cultural communication between Russia and Western countries from both current and historic perspectives. As an art-manager Oxana has realized multiple projects of different scale including “The Caucasus Pavilion" by The Unbound collective commissioned as a part of the Main project of the 6th Moscow biennial of contemporary art (2015).