Olesya Turkina, the curator of Beyond Zero will give a tour of the exhibition at Calvert 22 Gallery and discuss the core ideas behind her research.
Olesya Turkina is a critic and curator. She is a senior research fellow at the State Russian Museum and head of the MA Program in Curatorial Studies at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny College), St Petersburg State University.
Turkina has worked on numerous exhibitions, including Apartment Art as Domestic Resistance (co-curated with Roman Osminkin), public programme, Manifesta 10, St Petersburg (2014); The Life of the Remarkable Monroe (co-curated with Viktor Mazin), Novy Museum, St Petersburg, (2014); Observatory, Central Astronomical Observatory, Pulkovo Observatory of Russian Academy of Sciences, (2007); Modus R. Russian Formalism Today, Art Basel Miami Beach, USA (2006); MIR: Made in the XXth Century, Russian Pavilion, 48th Venice Biennale (1999).
She has contributed to numerous publications including ICE CREAM. 10 contemporary curators. 100 contemporary artists. 10 source artists, Phaidon, London (2007); El cosmos de la Vanguardia rusa. Arte y exploración espacial 1900-1930, Sala de exposiciones de la Fundacion BOTIN, Santander (2010); Expanded Cinema, XII Media Forum at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival (2010). Her recent books include The Life of Remarkable Monroe (with Viktor Mazin), 2014, Soviet Space Dogs, Fuel, London, 2014.
Since 1999 she has been a member of the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics. She has worked with the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles on a series of films called The Chain of Flowers: Levsha (2000), The Common Task (2004), and The Great Soviet Eclipse (2008).