In this 5 Questions interview, curator Anna Bitkina of the Creative Association of Curators (TOK) addresses the expanding role of the curator and art, specifically in Russia, where public space continues to be politically charged. She cites the legacies of the Soviet-era Houses of Culture and youth clubs as important, as their effects are still felt in Russian society. Bitkina concludes by urging us to be acutely conscious of a country or region’s socio-political context when working with global art practices today.
Eda Čufer, art historian and member of the art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), sheds light on the challenges in negotiating between canonical art histories and local specificities in Eastern Europe, specifically in the countries of former Yugoslavia.
Curator and writer Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez wants us to look at art history from both sides—the canonical and the traditionally “uncanonical” or those areas and things outside the accepted parameters of a “Western” art history.
Curator Olga Kopenkina describes her curatorial practice, which moves away from grand historical narratives toward specific, national histories producing intersectionalities that she feels are missing in art history today.