Residency Unlimited


2019 | NYC | Curator

Elena Ishchenko

Curator Name: Elena Ishchenko
Residency Dates: July - August
Born: 1991
Hometown: Belgorod, Russia
Lives & Works: Krasnodar and Moscow

Education: 2014 MA Development of narrativity in video art and 2012 BA in Journalism (Department of Criticism), Moscow State University

Bio / Statement:

Elena Ishchenko is an independent writer, editor, and curator interested in self-organized art initiatives, diverse forms of collectivities, social imagination, and ecology. Chief curator of Typography Center for Contemporary Art in Krasnodar, the only institution in Krasnodar that consistently supports and promotes contemporary art in the region since 2012. She founded and is a chief editor of — a self-organized online mag on contemporary art and culture in Russia. She is a frequent contributor to many contemporary art publications: Calvert Journal,,,, Winzavod Art Review, etc.; worked previously in the research department of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Elena is a member of the advisory board for the collaborative program Present Continuous, by V-A-C Foundation and M HKA — Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (2017) and a member of the Advisory Board for Innovation Prize (2019).

Awards and Grants include: In 2018, Elena was nominated for Innovation Prize established by National Center of Contemporary Art in two nominations: for Curatorial Project (2018) for the research and exhibition project Between Fatigue: Towards the New Forms of Life. and Regional Project for Supercover Fest&Exhibition. In 2019, recipient of Presidential Grant for an educational project of Curatorial courses — School for Organizers and Researches in Typography.

We are grateful to the Moscow Museum of Modern Art for putting together a panel of experts that selected Elena Ishchenko for a residency at RU.