I grew up in the art communities of Warsaw, Kyiv, Toronto and NYC. My earliest memories are from ‘hanging out’ on the gallery floor of Pracowinia Dziekanka along with the children of other artists from central and eastern Europe. I spent much of my teens ‘waiting for Onuch’ at ICAN and the Open Society Foundation’s Soros Centers For Contemporary Art meetings, Biennales and thus, getting to know the landscape of post-communist contemporary art – but also the complexities of the politics of art and culture in democratizing contexts.
In summer 2001 I completed my OAC art project and hosted my first art exhibit.
As an adult I have continued to nurture my passion for contemporary art and have a keen interest in both visual art and ‘performance.’ I have sought to take an active role in participating in and coordinating art exhibits and events. Some examples include:
Since 2007 I have been an active member of the Nuffield College Art committee.
In 2009 I coordinated, along with Jerzy Onuch, a series of workshops, exhibits, installations and a symposium entitled Revolutionary Moments. We invited academics, artists and activists to a series of events in order to explore the intersection between protest and art during moments of mass-mobilization or Revolutionary Moments in Ukraine in 2004 and Poland in the 1980s. ‘Revolutionary Moments and Movements’ also became the title of doctoral thesis.
In 2011, I helped organize and participated in an event dedicated to video installations by young Ukrainian artists at The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.
In 2013, I met with RoseLee Goldberg to discuss the connectivity of protest and art and I discussed the language of protest in preparation for that year’s PERFORMA.
My book Mapping Mass Mobilization published in 2014 features on the cover, a photograph (by Roman Brewka) of Lesia Khomenko’s (of the group REP) painting – which she painted of the protesters on the Maidan in winter of 2004, during the height of the Orange Revolution. We coordinated an event dedicated to her work and my book in Kyiv in May 2015 at Knyharnia Ye.
I am currently working on longer-term book project assessing political images and election campaign adverts.
Watch this space for more to come!