Katia Krupennikova wins Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition 2015

Katia Krupennikova wins Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition 2015

Akbank Sanat

Photo: Oleg Ivchenko.

October 9, 2015

International Curator Competition 2015: Katia Krupennikova

Akbank Sanat 
Istiklal Cad. No. 8   
Beyoglu, Istanbul

T +90 212 252 3500


Akbank Sanat is delighted to announce Katia Krupennikova from Moscow as the winner of the Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition 2015.

In its fourth year, Akbank Sanat received a remarkable number of commendable applications for the competition from all around the globe. These applications were evaluated by an international jury consisting of Bassam El Baroni (Independent curator and theory tutor at Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem), Paul O’Neill (Curator, writer and Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York), Iris Dressler and Hans D. Christ (Directors of the Württembergisch Kunstverein Stuttgart).

Katia Krupennikova’s application received the award for its level of ambition, curatorial methodology, and contemporary relevance. The jury was looking for intellectual rigor, adventurousness, and a clear interrelation between curatorial concept and the selected art practices. Krupennikova’s proposal is a thoughtful attempt to articulate the contemporary condition of war in its concrete and abstract states.

Developed and coordinated by Basak Senova, the competition is intended to provide support for emerging curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art. Accordingly, Krupennikova’s proposal will be realized as an exhibition in the first half of 2016 at Akbank Sanat Art Center, Istanbul. It will be accompanied with an exhibition catalogue and a program of activities.

The award would also like to mention Annie Belz (Associate, Middle East & Africa, Artforum International), Stephanie Bailey (Managing Editor of Ibraaz, Contributing Editor of ART PAPERS, LEAP and Ocula), and Ovul O. Durmusoglu (Curator and writer, Berlin/Istanbul) who were involved as application reviewers in the lead up to selection process.

Katia Krupennikova (1982, Moscow) holds MA in Art History from The Russian State University of Humanities, Moscow. In 2012 she graduated from De Appel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam. In her curatorial practice Katia has been investigating how international artists comment on pertinent social and political contexts. Katia currently collaborates with TAAK (Amsterdam) for Woensel West project as a curatorial adviser. Her recent independent work includes InsideOut, within a special program of the 6th Moscow Biennale for contemporary art (multisite series of events, Moscow, 2015), There is Absolutely No Cause for Alarm, within a special program of Unseen Festival (De Punt and Kepler Studio Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2015), Women Commentators: Russia and Ukraine (Krolikarnia Department of the National Museum, Warsaw, 2014). In 2013/14 Katia has collaborated with the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw as a curator for Video Room and Performance Day programs as well as executed a role of an assistant curator for large scale international projects, such as British British Polish Polish: Art from Europe’s Edges in the Long ’90s and Today (Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, 2013). As an art critic Katia has contributed to various cultural resources internationally including colta.ru (Russia) and Metropolis M (Netherlands). 

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