Kateryna Filyuk (1986) is a curator and art critic. She has worked for the First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art ARSENALE 2012 as Managing Editor of the catalogue and Coordinator of the Discussion Platform. In 2012, she took part in the 4th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, followed by the MMCA International Research Fellowship at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea with a final essay on Korean New Media Art, in 2014. She was a participant of the 21st course of De Appel Curatorial Programme 2015/16. In spring 2017 she took part in Young Curators Residency Programme at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin with concluding project A house, halfway. Filyuk has co-curated the Festival of Young Ukrainian Artists at Mystetskyi Arsenal. She has also been involved in the organization of exhibitions in various galleries and institutions and contributed to a number of Ukrainian and international magazines and online platforms such as Art Ukraine, Metropolis M. Her recent curatorial work includes projects in Seoul, Slovakia and Amsterdam (De Appel). Currently she is a Curator at Izolyatsia (Kyiv), platform for cultural initiatives. She lives and works in Kyiv and Palermo.
Tetyana Filevska was born in1983. She is an art manager, curator, and researcher based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Filevska graduated from the Department of Philosophy at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and has worked for the EIDOS Arts Development Foundation, CSM/The Center for Contemporary Art Foundation, and the IZOLYATSIA Platform for Cultural Initiatives, as well as at Mystetskyi Arsenal as part of the Education and Public Programming team for the first Kyiv biennale of contemporary art, ARSENALE 2012. From August 2015 to December 2016, she coordinated the exhibition program of IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives in Kyiv.
Vasyl Cherepanyn is a director of the Visual Culture Research Center (Kiev, Ukraine), teaches at the Cultural Studies Department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and is the editor of "Political Critique" magazine (Ukrainian edition). The Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) was founded in 2008 as a platform for collaboration between artists, activists and academics. Since its inception, VCRC had organised numerous debates, research seminars, conferences, exhibitions and actions in public space. It is a self-organised initiative that aims to create a productive environment for the interaction between engaged knowledge, critical art, and grassroots politics. VCRC’s claim is to react to the needs and problems of the local context from the universal emancipatory perspective. The activities of the Center usually deal with the issues that are silenced or misrepresented in public debates, both in mainstream and professionalised circles.
Natasha Chychasova is an independent curator, cultural manager, and researcher who works mainly in the field of contemporary art with the themes of historical memory, the internal dynamics of artistic communities, institutional critique, and art education. In 2018, she graduated from the master’s program in Art History at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. As a curator, she works with topics including rethinking the Soviet legacy (the show City Without An Appointment at ArtSvit Gallery, Dnipro), personal narratives (the project Suitcases Of Crimean Human Rights Defenders), and the problems of local communities (the project Finally, We Are Here on Ukrainian migrant workers at Miejski Ośrodek Sztuki, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland). Currently, together with Anastasia Tsissar, she is working on a project as part of the Insha Osvita Living History Studios program, drawing on interviews with Kharkiv artists to prepare a publication preserving the memory of the old downtown studios that historically anchored the city’s art scene.
Cyrill Lipatov is a historian and anthropologist based in Odesa. He has worked as a senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Ethnology of Ukraine at I. I. Mechnikov National University, director of the anti-cafe Ziferblat, director of the independent movie theater Inoteatr, and program director of the learning community 4City. Since 2015, he has been the program research curator at Urban Inst. In 2019, he joined the team of the Odesa Fine Arts Museum, where he works as head of the Research Department.