CEC ArtsLink is pleased to announce the 2014 Arts Leadership Fellows participating in the Global Art Lab public art residency in New York. This year’s six talented young artists and arts managers come from Georgia, Kazakhstan and Russia.
Born in 1964 in Mongolia, Gleb Ershov currently lives in St. Peresburg, Russia. A specialist in 20th-century art, he works as a curator at Navicula Artis art gallery and teaches at Smolny Institute. Ershov is the organizer of the Kharms-Festival of experimental art and directs theater performances at the Museum of the Petersburg Avant-garde. He also writes for Arterritory.com, a website devoted to Baltic, Russian and Scandinavian art and culture.
Oksana Kan was born in Almaty in 1978. With a background in finance and corporate culture, she radically changed her life after going to see the Dalai Lama in India. Since then, Kan has dedicated her professional life to the arts. In 2010 she joined ARTBAT FEST, where she currently works as an arts manager and co-organizer. During this time she has participated in diverse projects involving about a hundred participants from all over the world. ARTBAT FEST is the first international contemporary art festival in Central Asia, producing numerous public art and street art programs.
A musician, curator and arts manager, Levan Khujadze was born in 1980. In 2008 he co-founded Micro-Phoni, an independent cultural organization which supports the development of the contemporary art scene through socially-engaged projects, educational programs, performative arts and public art events. Since 2012 Khujadze has worked as a curator of the public art project Batumi Backyard Stories and, beginning in 2014, as a director of the experimental music festival SoundSpring. He is also active as an artist and composer.
Born in 1984 in Vladivostok, Russia, Mariia Nikiforova curates art projects in public space and runs the 33+1 art-community in Vladivostok. Her goal is to provoke a dialogue between artists, city inhabitants and the architectural environment with the belief that only by discussing societal problems together, looking at them from all possible perspectives and learning to listen to each other can people live comfortably in a city. And the best beginning for such communication is art.
Igor Ponosov was born in 1980 in Nizhnevartovsk, Russia. He began his artistic career in 1999 as a graffiti artist in Kiev. In 2003 Ponosov relocated to Moscow, where he continued his work in street art, and in 2004 he wrote a book about Russian street art. Later he published three more books. From 2010 to 2013 Ponosov curated the project Stena (Wall) at the Vinzavod Contemporary Art Center. Currently he works as an activist, artist and independent curator of multi-disciplinary projects, focusing on the social environment of the city and its transformation through the arts. Website>>
Street artist Slava PTRK was born in 1990 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. With an education in journalism, he started to work as an artist three years ago. He uses such media as stencils and posters in installations and urban interventions. He is the editor of Stenograffia.ru, a website about street art and graffiti, and is active as a journalist, introducing a wider audience to these subcultures. Slava PTRK also curates the TRAFFARET stage for the Stenograffiya festival in Yekaterinburg. He was nominated for the Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Award in 2013.