2010 ARTSLINK FELLOWS

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Photo by Kaarel Nurk

RAEL ARTEL, ESTONIA
Host: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Arts Manager – As an independent curator, Artel developed the Biennale of Young Artists in Tallinn, comprised of exhibitions, workshops, seminars and artists’ and curators’ residencies. She also ran an experimental project space that supported over 40 site-specific and information-based exhibitions. In the US, Artel hopes to examine self-sustainable collectives and interact with artists and activists involved with innovative, ecologically conscious solutions for alternative urban and rural lifestyles.

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LILIANA BASARAB, ROMANIA
Host: Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH

Artist – Basarab’s work as a sculptor and multimedia artist translates common conceptions of public monuments into provocative community-produced tributes to popular themes. Her project Monuments for Concepts has been through several iterations including Mister Normality and Miss Individualism and she intends to develop a similarly-constructed, public and web-based artwork drawing on American ideals, in collaboration with a community in the US.

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MUNKHZUL CHULUUNBAT, MONGOLIA
Host: Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC

Arts Manager – Chuluunbat is the executive director of Globe Art Center, which has established an international documentary film festival, children’s art festival and series of workshops, meetings and training opportunities. She is also the founder of Gal Pictures, an independent film production company that creates documentaries, feature films and TV shorts. She hopes to learn from film festivals in the US about approaches to raising the quality and visibility of Mongolian films, particularly documentaries.


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Gabriela Tudor Memorial Fellow
IRINA CIOS, ROMANIA
Host: 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

Arts Manager – An art critic, curator and director of The International Center for Contemporary Arts (ICCA) in Bucharest, Cios oversaw ICCA’s transition in 1999 from the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts to its current form. She has managed many local and international collaborative projects, curated exhibitions and lectured and written about important trends in contemporary Romanian art. Cios is interested in learning more about audience development and observing the effects of artistic practices and public artwork on communities.

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YANA GENOVA, BULGARIA
Host: Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Arts Manager – Genova is the director of Next Page Foundation, a support network for literary publication and translation and an outgrowth of the Open Society Institute’s Information Program. She is interested in issues surrounding research methodologies and policies of translation that could be applied to transitional and underdeveloped literary communities. Next Page Foundation has contributed towards the publication of over two hundred translated books and numerous print and digital literary journals that serve Central and Eastern European and Arabic audiences.

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JERZY GOLISZEWSKI, POLAND
Host: SPACES, Cleveland, OH

Artist – Goliszewski produces aesthetically subtle and poetic sculptural installations based on simplified natural and folkloric forms. His works are often labor-intensive and rooted in craftsmanship and physicality. During his residency, Goliszewski intends to produce a site-specific work that will interact with an American location’s unique community and architectural elements, both in the production stage and in its final form.

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KRISTAPS GULBIS, LATVIA
Host: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

Artist – Gulbis creates temporary public interventions that stress notions of art world accessibility and the slippage between public and private spheres. His projects often involve witty social interactions and have included a mobile Irish pub, a sculpture that invites the populace to become their own monuments and designs for a National Costume for the EU. He hopes to initiate similar public artworks in a culturally-diverse area of the US focusing on communities with limited exposure to contemporary art.

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VIRGINIJA JANUŠKEVIČIŪTĖ, LITHUANIA
Host: Independent Curators International, New York, NY

Arts Manager – As curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, Januškevičiūtė is responsible for the programming of the CAC Reading Room, a venue for discussions, lectures, performances and curatorial and artistic experimentation. She also is involved in curating exhibitions and artists’ projects, and was involved in producing CAC TV, a weekly television program (2004-2007). She is interested in learning the curatorial, managerial and publicity strategies of institutions that handle international, interdisciplinary projects and exhibitions.

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SVETLANA KUYUMDZHIEVA, BULGARIA
Host: International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY

Arts Manager – Kuymdzhieva is an art critic and curator of the Zeniths Gallery, a non-profit exhibition space located in the central office of the CIBANK financial institution in Sofia. In 2008, she founded the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation, the first independent non-governmental association of curators in Bulgaria. She is interested in visiting art studios and meeting with galleries and other contemporary art centers in the US to learn about their exhibition, marketing, education and publication practices.

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MARGARETA LEKIĆ, CROATIA
Host: Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Artist – Lekić’s participatory sculptures examine how an audience’s interaction with a work of art can transform it physically, aesthetically and symbolically. In one piece, a gallery carpeted in polyurethane foam maintains subtle proof of each audience member’s visit. Lekić has exhibited in galleries and public spaces throughout Croatia and Europe and in the US. She hopes to create projects in an American setting that will challenge notions of closed and open public spaces and to document the public’s reaction to her work.

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ALBAN MUJA, KOSOVO
Host: UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY

Artist – Through video, film, photography, drawing, painting and performance, Muja explores political and social transformation and the discord that war can produce. He has had artist residencies in Austria, Serbia and at the Santa Fe Art Institute in the US. During his residency, Muja intends to broaden his perspective on contemporary art and create new work in collaboration with a US artist. He also intends to share his experiences of the growing contemporary art scene in Kosovo.

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MARINA NAPRUSHKINA, BELARUS
Host: Experimental Station, Chicago, IL

Artist – Working in painting, video and installation, Naprushkina examines the structure of the government in her native Belarus and investigates different political and social models from dictatorship to postmodern democracy. Her work has been exhibited widely in Russia and Europe and was included in the 2009 Istanbul Biennial. As a continuation of her explorations, she would like to gain an inside perspective on the politics of the US and the lives of ordinary people.

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VALA OSMANI, KOSOVO
Host: Pheonix Urban Research Laboratory, Arizona State University, Pheonix, AZ

Arts Manager – As co-founder, program director and senior manager of Staccion — Center for Contemporary Art, Osmani designs and curates projects and develops publications for exhibitions. Staccion — CCA, the only exhibition space in Kosovo to focus on contemporary art and architecture, addresses issues of new state identity, isolation and economic concerns. Osmani hopes to develop a long-term project with individuals or institutions in the US surrounding projects that look at architecture in post-crisis situations.

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ZORAN POPOSKI, MACEDONIA
Host: Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

Artist – Poposki’s work combines painting, performance, digital media and public interventions to explore issues of liminality, urban memory and globalization. He has participated in numerous international festivals and exhibitions and has authored a book on the intersection of new media art and activism. Poposki would like to extend his public interventions to an American context, focusing on issues of creative reuse and social reinterpretation of public space.

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MYKOLA RIDNYI, UKRAINE
Host: Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Artist – Multimedia artist and founder of the SOSka gallery-laboratory in Kharkiv, Ridnyi aims to create an alternative to the commercial art market in Ukraine as well as examine social and cultural differences between youth culture in the East and West. Ridnyi’s work has been exhibited in Europe, Russia and the US, and through SOSka he has developed a series of exhibitions, lectures, screenings and workshops. He hopes to engage in collaborations with American social practice artists, curators and educators.

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STEFAN RUSU, MOLDOVA
Host: California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Arts Manager – Rusu, a curator at KSAK Center for Contemporary Art in Chisinau, is devoted to bridging the arts, culture and socio-political contexts of Central and Eastern Europe and Siberia, Central Asia and Mongolia. He has developed extensive projects throughout Europe, the Near East and Asia, with a focus on documentary and experimental film and video. Rusu would like to collaborate with experimental art spaces and gain an understanding of self-sustaining management models and curatorial practices in the US.

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AZAT SARGSYAN, ARMENIA
Hosts: SITE Santa Fe and Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Arts Manager – As director and co-founder of the Gyumri Center of Contemporary Art (GCCA) and the Gyumri Biennial, Sargsyan is interested in how biennials and non-profit arts organizations fundraise, structure residency programs and collaborate with international institutions. In addition to curating the work of hundreds of international artists for the Biennial and GCCA, Sargsyan has co-edited several arts magazines, including Art Today and Cord, which covers the arts of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

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YULIYA SOROKINA, KAZAKHSTAN
Host: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Arts Manager – Independent curator and chair of the Asia Art + Public Foundation, Sorokina has lectured on and written criticism of contemporary media art in Central Asia and has curated numerous exhibitions in Europe and Central Asia, including Muzykstan in the Central Asian Pavilion of the 2007 Venice Biennale. She is interested in developing a digital archive of Central Asian contemporary art and hopes to learn more about successful examples of online media art archives and storage systems in the US.

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ALEXANDER UGAY, KAZAKHSTAN
Host: Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX

Artist – Ugay’s photography and video work subtly investigates post-Soviet social environments and their connections to both Western and East Asian cultural references. As an ethnic Korean, he is interested in working with a Korean Diaspora in the US while producing work that may tie his hometown in southern Kazakhstan to the oil and cowboy culture of Texas. He has exhibited widely in Europe, Central Asia and the US, including at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the New Museum, the Istanbul Biennial and the Venice Biennale.