Curators

Belarus

Anna Karpenko – curator. Born in Minsk (Belarus), lives and works in Leipzig/Berlin (Germany). Graduated from the Philosophy Department (Belarusian State University, Minsk). Has MA in Sociology in Art (European Humanities University, Vilnius). MA student of the Program “Cultures of The Curatorial” (Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig). Focuses on curatorial theory and practice.

Sophia Sadovskaya – educator, curator based in Minsk, Belarus. She studied at the Department of Art History at Moscow State University, worked at the gallery of contemporary Art “Ў” and at the National Art Museum of Belarus. She works with education and mediation in the field of arts, as well as with interdisciplinary projects for environmental activists and artists.

Czech Republic

Katarína Klusová received her Bachelor’s degree from the painting studio of FaVU VUT. She achieved her Master’s in Pedagogy from Masaryk University in Brno. Since 2016 she has been the curator at the City Gallery in Třinec. Klusová’s special skill is explaining art to laypeople who meet it for the first time. Thanks to the limited effectiveness of this endeavor, she is now working on developing new methods and guides for popularizing art, inspired by design thinking and sociocracy.

Jolanta Nowaczyk – born in1992 – Prague-based visual artist and cultural worker. Last year she graduated from 7-months WHW Akademija in Zagreb, run by What, How and For Whom? collective. Co-creator of informal initiative Ciocia Czesia which helps Polish people in obtaining legal and safe abortions in Czech Republic.

Kristýna Péčová – born in 1993 – is an art historian and curator. She focuses mainly on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, in which she likes to break down the boundaries between so-called higher and lower, fine and applied arts. She is currently working at the Department of Fine Arts of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and she is preparing the next edition of the International Symposium of Ceramics in Bechyně.

Marianna Placáková – art historian and curator. She studies the gendered context of artistic production in postwar Czechoslovakia. Currently, she is a member of the two-year research project Gender Politics and the Art of European Socialist States (Getty Foundation, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań).

Eva Skopalová – born in 1991 – studied art history at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague and the theory and history of contemporary and modern art at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. She completed a student exchange at L‘École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, where she was tutored by Georges Didi-Huberman. She focuses on the problem of time in fine art, particularly the perspective of anachronism and its impact on art history. She recently completed a Fulbright scholarship at New York University, where she studied under Alexander Nagel. She is active as a freelance curator and art critic, where her work is based on her research in the methodology of art history.

Hungary

Kata Balázs – an art historian living in Budapest. She graduated from both departments of Hungarian and Art History studies at ELTE University in Budapest. Since 2007, she has conceived and contributed to numerous publications mainly focusing on avant-garde and neo-avant-garde art, held a teaching position at the University of Theater and Film Arts in Budapest, the Visart Academy of Arts, the Károly Eszterházy University of Eger, worked at Ludwig Museum Budapest and as a young research fellow at the Art History Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2020, she joined acb ResearchLab as researcher.

Fruzsina Kigyós – born in 1988 – a curator based in Budapest with a specialization in contemporary art. She pursued art management and art market studies, then turned towards a theoretical formation with an MA in aesthetics. She has an extensive experience working with commercial galleries, auction houses, museums, magazines and non-profit organizations in Hungary and abroad. She is committed to identifying and developing projects that will challenge the canons of contemporary art in order to reflect more accurately the multitude of voices that artistic creation entails, and to make art history more inclusive in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, geographic and cultural regions. She is the co-founder of Easttopics, a platform and hub dedicated to the contemporary art scene of Central Eastern Europe, and of Flash Show, a debuting art fair focusing on the galleries of the region. She presently acts as the deputy head of the Curatorial Department of the Ferenczy Museum Centre in Szentendre.

Róna Kopeczky – born in 1983 – a curator and art historian based in Budapest. She worked as a curator for international art in Ludwig Museum Budapest between 2006 and 2015, where she mostly focussed on the site- and situation specific practices of young and mid-career artists from the Central Eastern European region. In 2015, she joined acb Gallery in Budapest as artistic director, and also actively contributes to the publishing activity of acb Research Lab, with a focus on forgotten, neglected or ignored oeuvres of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde art. She participated in the organization of the first OFF-Biennále Budapest that took place in 2015 and was member of the curatorial team for its second edition held in Fall 2017. She is the co-founder of Easttopics, a platform and hub dedicated to contemporary art of Central Eastern Europe that is based in Budapest. She is also the curator of the next edition of the Tallinn Print Triennial, scheduled to open in early 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia. She completed her PhD in Art History in 2013 at Sorbonne University.

Fanni Magyar – art historian and art critic based in Budapest. She studied at the Faculty of Art History at ELTE, and also trained in Berlin. She is member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), member of the editorial board of the Hungarian Art Connoisseur. Her focus lies on the neo-avant-garde artistic practices of the sixties and seventies and on the critical theories in contemporary art. Between 2016 – 2019, she acted as board member of the Studio of Young Artist’ Association (SYAA); and is working from 2018 as curator at acb Gallery.

Viktoria Popovics – an art historian and curator based in Budapest. She has been working at the Ludwig Museum – Museum for Contemporary Art Budapest since 2014, where she contributed to several large-scale exhibitions focusing on Central and Eastern European art. (Ludwig Goes Pop – The East Side Story, Permanent Revolution. Ukrainian Art Today, Iparterv 50+, etc.) She has participated in research projects and curatorial residencies in Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw, Prague and Ljubljana. Since 2012 she is PhD fellow of the Eötvös Loránd University Doctoral Program and from 2020 a member of the Hungarian Section of AICA. Her research interests include Central and Eastern European art, Hungarian neo-avant-garde art and critical theories.

Andrea Soós – holds a master’s degree in design theory from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest and a curatorial degree from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She worked at the Ludwig Museum Budapest, the Hungarian National Gallery and participated in the projects of tranzit.hu Contemporary Art Association. Since 2019, she has been working as a freelance curator, researcher and art writer. Since 2020, she is a PhD student in Design Culture Studies at the Doctoral School of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest.

Mónika Zsikla – Curatorial Director of Q Contemporary Budapest. Between 2003 and 2009, she studied Art History and Aesthetics at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and from 2015 to 2018, she continued her education in the Aesthetics Programme of the Doctoral School of Philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University, where she is now working on her doctoral thesis. Between 2007 and 2015, she worked at the Kisterem Gallery of Budapest. In parallel with her studies, as an Ernő Kállai scholar, she has conducted extensive research on the life work of Zsigmond Károlyi (as of 2013) and of Gizella Rákóczy (as of 2016). Since 2007, she has regularly published in Hungarian periodicals, as well as in Hungarian and international publications. Since 2017, she has been a lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, and curator at the Budapest Gallery. In parallel with these activities, she has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions of Hungarian contemporary art over the past decade. She is a member of the AICA. Her curated exhibition with the artist Zsófia Keresztes entitled After Dreams: I Dare to Defy The Damage will represent Hungary at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.

Poland

Magdalena Adameczek –  born in 1993. A polish curator and researcher currently based in Rotterdam, NL. Co-editor in the online journal for contemporary art guestrooms.xyz. Graduated in art history at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Curatorial and Art Theory Studies at the University of the Arts in Poznań. She has been the curator-in-residence at Sandra Gallery; collaborated on Sharon Lockhart’s presentation around the Polish Pavilion at the 57th Venice Art Biennale and assisted in the realization of other projects in U-jazdowski CCA and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Warsaw. Collaborated with CINNAMON gallery and RIB exhibition space in Rotterdam. Obtained a scholarship in Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, Kosovo.

Anna Ciabach – born in 1980. Art historian, exhibition curator, author and editor of texts, organizer of cultural events. She worked in a variety of art-spaces in Warsaw, incl. Klima Bocheńska Gallery, Art NEWmedia and Studio Gallery. Between 2014-2018, together with Zuzanna Sokalska, she co-founded and -managed the Monopol Gallery in Warsaw.

Agata Cieślak – an artist, and writer. Working across range of media and modes of address, drawing curatorial and institutional strategies, she questions the given strategies and tactics in the context of Contemporary Art while searching for the meaning of art and testing the limits of its agency. In her recent works she focuses on the subject of class hegemony and has explored apparatuses of control and sovereignty at work in contemporary art. She often works with others. Despite her many doubts, she still believes in the importance of art today.
www.agata-cieslak.com

Maja Demska – born in 1992. A graphic designer by education, a curator, author of texts and diagrams by profession. A graduate of the University of Arts in Poznań. She is interested in the subject of data visualization in the context of art and media coverage. Initiator of artist-run space Groszowe Sprawy in Warsaw.

Anna Kowalska – born in 1992 – art historian, researcher, author of texts. A graduate of the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw. She gained professional experience in art museums, incl. at the U-jazdowski Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. He has been working in the auction market since 2018 – initially practicing in Christie’s in London, and currently dealing with Polish post-war art at Desa Unicum.

Ewa Mielczarek – born 1992. Curator, culture expert, creator of interdisciplinary projects. A graduate of cultural studies at the Institute of Polish Culture of the University of Warsaw and History of Art at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2016-2018, she worked at the Propaganda Gallery in Warsaw and was the coordinator of the Warsaw Gallery Weekend. Since 2018, an employee of Zachęta – National Gallery of Art and producer of exhibitions at the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale in Venice. Since 2015, she has been running the The Hidden Photo project and the Rozmowwa platform. Curator and producer at RATS Agency.

Karolina Maria Rojek – born in 1982. PhD candidate at the University of Wrocław in the field of art history and a student of psychology at the University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław. In 2009-2010 she studied Spanish philology at the University of Sunderland. A three-time winner of the Mexican Government scholarship. In 2020, she conducted a seven-month research in Peru as part of the PROM scholarship. Her main interests is Latin America, especially in the context of female art practices of this region. She is a curator, photographer and teacher of Spanish.

Joanna Ruszczyk – journalist, curator. Graduated in Polish philology at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and Curatorial Studies in museums at the Jagiellonian University. Collaborates with different magazines, such as “Newsweek Polska”, “Wysokie Obcasy”, “Szum”, “Twórczość”. She is a co-organizer of Sztuczna Foundation, which focuses on popularizing practices of the young generation of artists and education. Co-author of the book “Lokomotywa / IDEOLO” (published by Sztuczna Foundation, Wytwórnia 2013 and Centrala 2015).

Agnieszka Sosnowska, PhD – curator in Muzeum Susch and researcher. She’s interested in art practices at the intersection of disciplines, as well as the exhaustion of the modernist paradigm in the art of the 1960s and 1970s. In 2008-2020 curator at the Ujazdowski Castle CCA in Warsaw. She defended her PhD dissertation in the Institute of Polish Culture (University of Warsaw). Selected curatorial work includes exhibitions ‘Other Dances’, Laura Lima ‘A Room and a Half’, ‘Let’s Dance’ and several performance programs. Author of books: ‘Sztuka znikania’ [The Art Of Disappearance] and ‘Performans oporu’ [Performance of Resistance].

Bogna Stefańska – born in 1991. A graduate of art history studies at the Faculty of Visual Culture Management at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Currently, she works at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw as a guide and curator of a public program. In her research work, she deals with the notion of rewriting the canon of artistic and activist activities against war and fascism, as well as feminist art and on-line activities. She is a co-founder of the HER Docs Film Festival and researcher of the Atlasu Roku Antyfaszystowskiego [Atlas of the Antifascist Year] – a wide, self-organised, social archive of actions and other anti-fascist activities.

Slovakia

Viktória Beličáková – born in 1994. In 2013 – 2019 she studied art history at the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University in Prague. She completed internships at the Prague City Gallery, Regional Gallery in Liberec, at the Ludwig Museum and Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest, and at the U10 Gallery of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Serbia. In the organization tranzit.cz she worked as a production manager and main coordinator of the first year of the biennial In the matter of art 2020 in Prague. She is currently a doctoral student at the Institute of Art History of Charles University. She is engaged in independent research, writing and cultural work. Thematically, she focuses mainly on feminism, social, participatory and community art. She addresses issues of personal and collective identity, migration and origin, geography, space and narrativity in the context of Eastern Europe. She is interested in everything that is difficult to define and is on the border. She critically re-evaluates the basics of the field of art history, especially seen from marginalized perspectives with regard to her own subjectivity.

Zuzana Kotiková – studied at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague. In 2011, she returned from Prague to her hometown Košice and started working at Tabačka Kulturfabrik. Since 2013, Kotikova has been organizing the Košice Artist in Residence program. The program was established as one of the key development projects for Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013 and since 2016 it has been operating as an independent civic association, which Zuzana founded with curator Petra Housková. In addition, Zuzana and Petra founded the Šopa Gallery in 2015. Zuzana has a long-term cooperation with Creative Industry Košice, where she is involved in an international project focused on the development of culture and the creative industry.

Lujza Kotočová – born in 1995. She studied art history at Charles University in Prague, and during her studies she also completed a research stay at the University of Hamburg. Her main areas of interest include intellectual influences on artistic production in the period of socialism, institutional frameworks of art criticism and the issue of documentation of ephemeral art. She is currently collaborating on the research project Behind the Artwork. Thinking Art Against the Cold War’s Bloc Polarity (principal investigator: Dr. Katalin Cseh-Varga; FWF Austrian Science Fund), while is she externally participating in the activities of the Research Institute of Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and also working in the National Film Archive within the Video Archive section.

Michaela Kučová – born 1988. She specializes in journalism, project management and PR in the field of culture. She has collaborated on projects such as PechaKucha Night Bratislava, Dymová hora, Oskár Čepan Award, White Night and Question of Will. For two years, she led a series of discussions on gender issues in Slovak art at the Art Books Coffee Gallery. Her texts were published in newspapers SME, Denník N, Pravda, and magazines Profile, Artalk or Kapitál. She contributed to the catalogues of Kristína Mésároš or the annual exhibition Take Care organized by Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. She is the co-founder of the feminist newsletter Kurník.

Denisa Tomkova – Slovak-born, Berlin-based and UK and US-educated researcher and writer. She gained her PhD from the University of Aberdeen in the UK. Between 2015- 2018, she was a member of the international research project ‘Comparing WE’s. Cosmopolitanism. Emancipation. Postcoloniality’ based at the University of Lisbon. She taught the Introduction to Visual Culture class and was a guest lecturer in the Performance Art Class at the University of Aberdeen. She was a Research Fellow for the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in Berlin. In April 2020, she curated an online group exhibition Performing the Museum at ERIAC which questioned the absence of Roma representation in arts and culture spaces. She contributed to journals such as Third Text, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, ARTMargins Online, L’Internationale Online, Camera Austria, Profil – súčasného vytvarného umenia, H- SHERA, Berlin Art Link, Kuba Paris and Magis Iteso.

Miroslava Urbanová – born in1991 – studied art history at the University of Vienna and at Comenius University in Bratislava. Between 2015 and 2019 she worked at the Loft 8 Gallery in Vienna. She currently works as an art historian at the Nedbalka Gallery in Bratislava. She is engaged in curatorial activities and art criticism. She writes and edits for the feminist newsletter Kurník.

Ukraine

Oksana Briukhovetska – born in 1973, lived and has worked in Kyiv, Ukraine. She graduated from National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture in Kyiv in 2003. She worked as an artist, graphic designer and publicist, participated in exhibitions in Ukraine and abroad, and published articles about art. From 2009 till 2019 she worked as a designer and curator at the Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, organizing exhibitions, public events and publishing projects. Some of the early exhibitions that she co-curated – Ukrainian Body (2012) and Lockout (2014) had a significant public resonance. From 2011 she became involved in feminism and from 2015-2017 has organized three international feminist exhibitions: Motherhood; What in me is Feminine? and TEXTUS. Embroidery, Textile, Feminism, which aim was strengthening the voices of women artists within the Ukrainian art scene and in international collaboration. In 2017-2019 she participated in research on feminist art in East Europe and France within Tandem-Ukraine project and ended up with co-editing and publishing a book, collection of interviews: “The Right to Truth. Conversations on Art and Feminism” (VCRC, 2019). In 2018 she was a co-curator of Warsaw Under Construction X festival (collaboration of VCRC and Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw) where she co-curated the Neighbors exhibition and curated I am Ukrainka poster campaign about Ukrainian women migrant workers in Poland that was widely discussed in the media. In 2020 she came to the United States where she started to work on the book interviewing people in the US about Black Lives Matter protests and race. The book will be published in Choven Publishing House, Ukraine, in 2022. In 2021 she entered the MFA program at Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.

Kateryna Iakovlenko – born in 1989. A contemporary art researcher, art critic and writer. She earned an MA in journalism at the Donetsk National University. For six years she has been researching the transformation of the heroic narrative of Donbas through new media as a postgraduate thesis at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. She worked as deputy web editor for The Day newspaper (2013–2014), curator and program manager in the Donbas Studies Research Project at Izolyatsia, a platform for cultural initiatives (2014–2015), and researcher and curator of public programs at PinchukArtCentre (2016–until now). Her current research interest touches on the subject of art during political transformations and war, and explores women’s and gender optics in visual culture. She was the editor of the books Gender Studies by Donbas Studies Research Project (2015), Why There Are Great Women Artists in Ukrainian Art (2019), Euphoria and Fatigue: Ukrainian Art and Society after 2014 (special issue of Obieg magazine, co-edited with Tatiana Kochubinska, 2019), and Curatorial Manual (co-edited with Oleksandra Pogrebnyak and Dmytro Chepurny, 2020).

Iryna Polikarchukborn in 1989. A culturologist and art historian, she holds an MA in Cultural Studies (2013, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”). Since 2016 she is a director of Charitable Foundation for Art Support “Artsvit Gallery”; from 2018 she is a co-founder of the Dnipro Center for Contemporary Culture; since 2022 she is a teacher of the history of modern culture at the Dnipro Art College. She creates and curates the public program of Artsvit Gallery (exhibitions, educational programs, researches, residences, publications), establishes partnerships (national and international), coordinates the work of the team, and is engaged in project management.

Kateryna Rusetska – born in 1989 – is a co-founder and curator of NGO Kultura Medialna and Dnipro Center for Contemporary Culture. She focuses on creating project concepts, curatorship, management. Kate holds a BA in journalism and public communications and MA in PR and Marketing. In 2013 she completed an internship with PACE Gallery in Beijing. In 2019 Kateryna completed a fellowship program with ArtsLink International Fellowships in Oberlin College of Liberal Arts and Science, currently, she is an Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen CrossCulture Programm fellow.  Kateryna co-leads and curates the following projects and initiatives: Construction Festival, Dnipro Monumentalism.