Valentina Kiselyova is the co-founder, art director and curator of the Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art in Minsk (together with Anna Chistoserdova). She curated numerous exhibitions in Minsk and abroad. Under her direction, “Ў gallery” won the Art Vilnius International Contemporary Art Fair Award twice, in 2011 and in 2016, as the Best Foreign Gallery. Kiselyova has taken part in international conferences. Her focus lies on development and realization of interdisciplinary collaborative projects.
Lena Prents is an art historian and curator working in Berlin, Minsk, and Vilnius. Her research focuses on the interrelationship of artistic and exhibition practices with socio-political discourses, histories of art in Eastern Europe after World War II, and socialist modernist architecture. In 2016, she curated the project Labour in a Single Shot by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki at the Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art in Minsk; and Overcoming Chaos and Practices of Subordination at the Gallery Arsenal in Bialystok.
Anna Karpenko is a Minsk-based independent curator and researcher who focuses on socially engaged art. Karpenko graduated from the Belarusian State University with a bachelor’s in Philosophy, the masters’ program in Visual Culture at the European Humanities University (Vilnius), and the Berlin Art Institute internship program. As a researcher, Anna works on the topic of the unknown Belarusian avant-garde, as well as “outsider art” and critical curation.
As a curator, Karpenko has produced numerous exhibitions on inclusion in art—Imena (Names), co-curated with Antonina Stebur, Biazmezhniki (People Without Limits), co-curated with Sophia Sadouskaya—as well as educational activities: the parallel program for Slavs and Tatars’ exhibition in Minsk, the MATCH project (in partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute), and public lectures on Belarusian art scene (together with Alicija Jelinska and Mikolai Robert Jurkowski). In 2018, together with a group of colleagues, Karpenko launched the “A Good Lady To Have around the House” campaign that raised the issue of unequal working conditions for women in the culture industry.