Katerina Chuchalina (Russian, born 1975) has been the chief curator at the V—A—C Foundation (Moscow and Venice) since 2011. She conceived of and curated a long-term cycle of nomadic artistic interventions and public programs in Moscow’s non-art institutions, including the Central Museum of the Armed Forces, Museum of Contemporary Russian History, Institute for African Studies, and GULAG History Museum, among others. She curated a series of exhibitions investigating architecture-related issues by means of contemporary art, which included the international group shows IK-00: The Spaces of Confinement (Venice, 2014) and The Way of Enthusiasts (Venice, 2014). She co-curated the transhistorical group show Space Force Construction (Venice, 2017), which explored the Russian avant-garde and its resonance within contemporary artistic practices. She also conceived and co-curated Expanding Space (Moscow, 2016), a public art program examining the status and modus operandi of artistic interventions in Moscow’s urban environment. She is a co-founder and member of the Centre for Experimental Museology (CEM), which draws on the innovations of Soviet avant-garde museology and the history of experimental exhibition design, and focuses on the museum as a medium and the political implications of cultural institutions. Together with Alya Sebti and Stefan Kalmár, Chuchalina was a member of the Artistic Team for Manifesta 13, which was held in Marseille in 2020.
In an effort to consider the varied impacts of COVID-19—a virus with a global reach—post has interviewed curators and directors from vital museums and galleries around the world about how the pandemic has affected their ideas regarding programming, civic engagement, and the role of the institution. This interview is with Katerina Chuchalina.