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Elena Sorokina

Short Bio:
Elena Sorokina is a Russian-born, Paris based curator and art historian, alumna of the Whitney Museum of American Art ISP in New York. She obtained her masters degree in art history from the Friedrich Wilhelm's University in Bonn, Germany. She recently co-organized "Spaces of Exception" a special project for the Moscow Biennial, the symposium "What is a postcolonial exhibition?", a collaborative project of SMBA/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Stedelijk Museum. Her recent exhibitions include (selection): "Temps Trituré. Agnes Varda" at LVMH in Brussels, "Petroliana" at Moscow Museum of Modern Art; "Laws of Relativity" at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; "On Traders' Dilemmas" at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; “Scènes Centrales" at Tri Postal, Lille; "Etats de l'Artifice" at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and others. She published in numerous catalogs, and has been writing for Artforum, Flash Art, Cabinett Magazine, Manifesta Journal, Moscow Art Magazine, and other publications. Sorokina is a frequent speaker in international conferences and has been invited as guest lecturer to ISCP, New York; Garage CCC, Moscow; Centre Pompidou, Paris, and other institutions.


PROJECTS (SELECTION)

REALIZED IN FRANCE

Etats de l'Artifice
Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2010
With Viktor Alimpiev, Chto Delat, Olga Chernysheva, Nikolay Oleynikov

Scènes Centrales
TriPostal, Lille, 2009
With Danica Dakic, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Igor Grubic, Said Atabekov, Stealth, Gulnara Kasmalieva/Muratbek Djumaliev and others

Communisms' Afterlifes
Co-curated with Natasa Petresin Bachelez
Beton Salon, WIELS (Brussels)
Series of conferences on transformations and current rearticulations of the so-called "post-communist condition" and its diverse legacies.

REALIZED IN THE NETHERLANDS

What Is a Postcolonial Exhibition?
Symposium
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and SMBA, March 2012
with Chris Decon, Jesus Carillo-Castillo, Abdellah Carroum, Irit Rogoff, WHW, and others

REALIZED IN BELGIUM

TEMPS TRITURE. AGNES VARDA.
Exhibition at LVMH space Brussels
September 2012

NEWTOPIA. The state of human rights
Curated by Katerina Gregos
Curatorial consultant
Mechelen, Belgium, September-December 2012

Zero Gravity Revolt. Nikolay Oleynikov (Chto Delat)
Exhibition at Komplot, Brussels, January 2011

Film+Nights Conference
With Pivi Takkala, Ieva Epnere, Hou Chien Cheng
Netwerk Center for Contemporary Art, March 2012

REALIZED IN THE USA

Online Biennial. (Director Jan Hoet)
April 2013

Modernism revisited from the East
Volta, New York, March 2010
Conference
On Traders’ Dilemmas
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, USA, 2008

Mapquest
PS122, New York, 2006

Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art
City University of New York, 2005

Terrorist Naturalism and Other Methods
Location One, New York, 2005
Conference with Katerina Degot, David Riff, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Dmitry Gutov

Russia Redux #1,
Art in General, Location One, New York, 2005

At the Mercy of Others. The Politics of Care,
Whitney Museum of American Art, Curatorial Program ISP, New York, 2004

Enemy Image,
Momenta Art, New York, 2004
Crude Oil Paintings,
White Columns, New York, 2003

REALIZED IN RUSSIA

Space of Exception
Special project for the Moscow Biennial, September 2013
Moscow

The Dutch Pavilion
Moscow, September 2013

Postcommunist/Postcolonial
Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2009
Conference with Alfredo Jaar, Irwin, Chto Delat and others

Petroliana
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2007

On Curatorial Practices
National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2007
Conference

REALIZED IN CENTRAL ASIA

From Project to Ruin,
conference at the BOOM/BUM international art exhibition,
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2008 (with Franck Leibovici, Anouk de Clercq, Jane Calovsky/Christiva Ivanoska)

Zone of Risk/Transitions
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2006


REALIZED IN ITALY

Laws of Relativity (La legge e relativa per tutti)
Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin, 2007


PUBLICATIONS (SELECTION)

IN GERMAN

Between 2000 - 2007, I have been writing art critisism in German for the following publications: Die Tageszeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, Wirtschaftswoche, Junge Kunst, Die Welt, Die Zeit

IN RUSSIAN

Mis/Communication with the Homeland
In Russian Art Abroad,
National Center for Contemporary Art, 2010

Bum/Boom Catalog
Art East, Bishkek, 2010
Co-editor of the catalog

Almost Built:
Contemporary art practices and architecture in Central Asia
In: Bum/Boom, Art East, 2010

Bornhouse. Architectural project by Yuri Avvakumov
Interros Magazine, March 2009

Since 2005 I have been a contributing editor for the Moscow Art Magazine, publishing numerous texts

Between 2000 and 2007 I have been writing art critisism in Russian for the "Nezavisimaja Gazeta" (Independent Newspaper), Moscow, publishing numerous texts

IN FRENCH

Frontiéres Invisibles, exhibition catalog Lille, France , 2009
Co-editor of the catalog

Performing the Documentary
In: Mutations. Perspectives on Photography, Steidl, 2011

Since 2011, I have been writing for Archives de la Critique d'Art, France, and reviewed the following:

*Les Promesses du Passé, Centre Pompidou, 2010
*Contrepoint, l’art contemporain russe : de l’icône à l’avant-garde en passant par le musée
*Ce que fait l’art / Ce qui fait l’art. La Peinture après la peinture / L’Expérience du monde + Manifestes
*Olivier Vargin, Regards sur l’art contemporain russe 1990-2010

IN ENGLISH (selection)

Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, 2012
Co-editor of the catalog

Pacific Perspectives
In: Paradigm Shifts, ed. Hou Hanru,
SFAI, San Francisco, 2011

Starring Abramovic, Playing Herself
In Manifesta Journal, N9, 2010

Performance Practice of Elena Kovylina
Catalog of the Sidney Biennial, 2006
Into the Future, Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djoumaliev,
Artforum, October Issue 2006

On Interventionism. Dialogue with Gregory Sholette.
Documenta 12 Journal, 2007

Terrain Vague as a Stage: Chinese Video at PS1 in New York
Performance Art Journal, MIT Press. 2004-2005

Russian Art in Translation, 2007
Co-editor of the publication

"Russia" At Guggenheim in NYC
In Artmargins, December 2005

The Moscow State Biennial
In Artmargins, January 2005

Crude Oil Paintings, 2004
Editor of the catalog

Grants
Exhibition Grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, for the exhibition "Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art", New York, 2004

Residency at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy, 2007

The Harald Szeemann Grant from the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art), 2010

Education

2003-2004 - Independent Studies Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art

2001- DEES "Coopération Artistique Internationale", Université Paris VIII

2000 - Masters in Art History at the Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn. Thesis - Ilya Kabakov: Theory of the "Total Installation" and the “Toilets” at the documenta 1992


Photographed by Melissa Boucher