This year VIENNAFAIR had two wonderful curated projects: VIENNA Duet (Georgia and Poland) and “DIYALOG”: New Energies. In this post we would like to introduce you to dedicated curators and thank our partners – the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, the Polish Institute in Vienna, and OMV – for their kind support.

Gaisha Madanova

Gaisha Madanova, curator of the special  project “DIYALOG”: New Energies.
Gaisha is an independent artist, curator, and art critic from Almaty, Kazakhstan. She curated Video[ARTiFACT], 2012 – an educational project for young artists in contemporary art with Prof. Klaus vom Bruch. Personal exhibitions: 2012: Documentation of Space, Hamburg University, Germany; Documentation of Space; Alliance Française d’Almaty, (French Alliance Almaty), Kazakhstan. 2009: Instinct of the present, Goethe – Institute Almaty, Kazakhstan .

Irena Popiashvili

Irena Popiashvili, curator of the exhibition VIENNA Duet Georgia: “Our Caucasus i. e. Chveni Kavkasioni”.
Irena is an independent curator dividing her time between Tbilisi, Georgia and New York, USA. Currently she is a consultant at the Free University in Tbilisi and runs a public art space – Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project in Tbilisi, Georgia. Previously a founder and co-owner of Newman Popiashvili Gallery in New York (2005-2012), she served as a director of the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi (March-November 2012).

Klara Czerniewska, curator of the exhibition VIENNA Duet: “Who Are You or The Polish School of Happiness”
Klara studied art history at the University of Warsaw and Københavns Universitet. In cooperation with design curator Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, she organized several design exhibitions (most recently Common Roots: Design Map of Central Europe for the Design Museum Holon in Israel, 2012; Who Are You?, first presented at Łódź Design Festival, 2012, and Materia Prima – Design and Landscape at the Munkeruphus in Denmark, 2013). Klara works as an art and design critic and journalist. Her texts have been published in cultural, lifestyle, and professional magazines.

Photo Credits: ©VIENNAFAIR/Alexander Schwarzinger; ©VIENNAFAIR/Kristina Kulakova

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