CEC ArtsLink is pleased to announce the 2017 Arts Leadership Fellows participating in the Platform Art Prospect Residency in New York for Contemporary Art curators.




Architect, Curator, Atelier PILLƏ
Baku, Azerbaijan

Sabina Abbasova is an architect and recently graduated from the Department of Architecture and Design, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction.  In 2015, together with a group of young architects, she founded the organization PILLƏ Atelier, which organizes lectures, workshops and exhibitions about urbanism and architecture. She has participated in international workshops as part of the European Architecture Students Assembly (2012-2015) and Yarat Education and participated in a Capacity Building Training Program for Cultural Managers in 2016.

Atelier  PILLƏ
The PILLƏ architecture studio was founded in November 2015 by a group of young architects.  The team conducts architectural research and works on different topics related to architectural practice. As an architectural organization, PILLƏ is an alternative local platform, examining critical architectural and urban problems and seeking optimal solutions for them.  In addition, the team organizes discussions, prepares presentations, exhibitions, and coordinates workshops.

Projects (click thumbnail to enlarge):
CityBot Urban Furniture Workshop Tetris Urban and architecture Lectures



Art Director, "Ў" Gallery of Contemporary Art
Minsk, Belarus

Anna Chistoserdova was the Art Director of the Podzemka Gallery from 2004 until 2009 when she co-founded the highly respected "Ў" Gallery of Contemporary Art in Minsk.  She currently serves as "Ў" Gallery’s Art Director and manages a variety of international art projects and educational programs.  Chistoserdova received the European Diploma on Cultural Project Management and Cultural Policy from the Marcel Hicter Association, Brussels in 2014 and currently serves on the advisory committees of the Eastern Partnership Culture Program, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Platform for Culture, and the Oracle Cultural Network. Her areas of interest include: contemporary art, socially oriented art, international cultural cooperation, cultural policy, cultural management, non-academic education.

" Gallery of Contemporary Art supports the development of Belarussian contemporary art (projects and individual artists) and strives to make it more visible in the pan-European artistic context.  Well-known throughout the region, "Ў" Gallery is an active space for art and the Belorussian contemporary art community and houses an exhibition space, wine bar, design shop and the Literary House Logvinov.  "Ў" Gallery supports interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with the professional expert community from Belarus and foreign countries in such fields as visual culture and critical urban studies, philosophy, sociology, gender, modern history and society.  Its primary activities include: the promotion and presentation of Belarusian contemporary art through the organization of solo and collective exhibitions; international exchange through the organization of exhibitions by foreign artists or collaboration between Belarusian and foreign artists and curators; educational programs, round tables, discussions, workshops, lectures, seminars, and meetings with contemporary art specialists from Belarus and other countries. 

Projects (click thumbnail to enlarge):
Visual Arts Topp&Dudio Borderline State State of Mind



Assistant Director, YARAT; Consultant, Urban Initiatives
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Akylai Kabaeva is an urban planner with a MA in Urban Planning and Development with a particular interest in the ecology of the city.   She is currently working part-time at three jobs and is a student in ArtEast’s School of Contemporary Art. She is an intern at Fauna and Flora International on projects related to conservation, is the Assistant Director of YARAT, the Center of Documentary Photography, and is consultant on urban issues for the NGO Urban Initiatives. She is particularly interested in the relationship between urban planning and the arts and believes that art as a part of the creative economy plays one of the key roles in the development of cities and that art not only reflects social, political, and ecological issues, but also serves as a trigger of change in cities, nations, and the whole world.

YARAT is a newly established Center of Documentary Photography.  The Center has a library of albums and books on documentary photography and conducts lecture courses and photo projects in the field of documentary photography.

Urban Initiatives (UI) is a new NGO that supports citizens and municipal governments to implement their ideas for the development of the city. UI conducts research on the urban environment, organizes seminars and discussions on urban planning, and working with citizens, communities and city administrations.

Projects (click thumbnail to enlarge):
Elephants Park Project Elephants Park Project Elephants Park Project Elephants Park Project



Project Manager, Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art & Culture Museum Complex and CSM/Foundation Center for Contemporary Art
Kyiv, Ukraine

Born in Cherkasy (Ukraine), Anna Pohribna currently lives and works in Kyiv. She graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with a degree in cultural studies. She has been working at CSM / Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art since 2012 and at the National Art and Culture Museum Complex “Mystetskyi Arsenal since 2017. As a project manager Anna is responsible for different aspects of project circle management but personally, she is interested in public history, public space issues, participatory practices and community development.

Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 2008 and promotes innovative artistic practices and responsible cultural criticism in Ukraine. CSM strives to create an environment in which culture is regarded as an important agent of change. CSM as a cultural institution is one of the first organizations in the Ukraine which addressed the subject of art in public space and continues to work on projects aimed at developing participatory strategies of art interaction within the city. CSM has three main focus areas: non-formal education, criticism, and artistic practices. CSM initiates educational initiatives for journalists, critics, curators, artists, and cultural managers, and encourages communication and cooperation between cultural institutions and local communities. CSM is a publisher of the Korydor online magazine (www.korydor.in.ua) about contemporary culture.

National Art and Culture Museum Complex “Mystetskyi Arsenal" ("Art Arsenal") is one of Ukraine's most promising projects in the cultural field. The mission of Mystetskyi Arsenal is to combine Ukrainian achievements and cultural initiatives into one conceptual national project in order to present Ukrainian historical and artistic heritage as part of world cultural heritage.

Projects (click thumbnail to enlarge):
Points of Approaching: Kharkiv Points of Approaching: Kharkiv Mosaic of the City Holidays on the Block