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Erik Sikora in Conversation with Lilia Kudelia

Curator Lilia Kudelia talks to resident artist Erik Sikora (2020). Back in Košice, Slovakia after his abridged residency, Sikora shares stories about biking through empty Manhattan in the wake of the COVID-19 quarantine, reevaluates his video-essayistic practice on YouTube, and explains his Dadaistic strategies aimed at escaping from the pristine context of the gallery. Domestic magician, lullaby professional, and creative entrepreneur, Sikora takes on these roles to deconstruct his life experiences to the smallest details. This practice resonates even deeper in the current state of global lockdown. Stay tuned until the end of the podcast to catch Erik Sikora’s newest soundtrack as a bonus!

Lilia Kudelia is a curator and art historian whose interests span across modern and contemporary movements with particular focus on technologically mediated images, art in the post-communist states, and current processes of creative placemaking. As the student at the Institute of Fine Arts NYU, Lilia is currently pursuing her research on artists who incorporate television imagery in their work. She was the assistant curator at Dallas Contemporary museum in Texas and held curatorial and research positions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and Art Arsenal in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2017, Kudelia co-curated Ukrainian National Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale represented by photographer Boris Mikhailov. She has a degree in Cultural Studies from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine.

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