Alexander Burenkov is an independent curator, cultural producer and writer based in Paris. He is a founder of Yūgen App (launched at Porto design biennale in 2021), was previously a head of the Curatorial Practices department at the Moscow School of Contemporary Art and held positions of curator at the V-A-C Foundation, ISSMAG Gallery, the National Contemporary Art Center, Cosmoscow foundation as well as artistic director of Ayarkut foundation. With focus on overlap between infrastructure, technologies, ecology, and web, investigating environmental transformations and their impact on societal structures and cultural production, Alexander’s curatorial work spans experimental exhibition formats beyond traditional white cube (be it nomadic symposium-on-tour on the Transsiberian railway, show in a functioning gym or online exhibition on cloud services) and alternative modes of education, ecocriticism and speculative ecofeminist aesthetics.
Recent projects include Terrestrial Voices (2022) and Rooms for Voices (2022) – both online commissioned by AyarKut foundation; In the Dust of This Planet (2022) at ART4 Museum; Raw and Cooked (2021), re-interpretation of the main project of Komi biennial, together with Pierre-Christian Brochet at Russian Ethnographic museum, St Petersburg; Yūgen App (2021) online at iOS and Android at Porto design biennial; Re-enchanted (2021) at Voskhod gallery, Basel; 20:20. Time Has Stood Still (2020) at MMOMA – Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Blizhe (2020), online platform for artist-led educational courses commissioned by Cosmoscow foundation; Artificial View (2019) at Cosmoscow Art Fair; Animal Internet (2019) and In the Fog of War (2019) at Khodynka municipal gallery, Moscow; Going Unconscious /Trembling / With Eyes Open / I See You / Surrender (2018) at HSE Art Gallery; NEMOSKVA symposium-on-tour and Big Country, Big Ideas nomadic exhibition (2018) at NCCA – National Contemporary Art Center and in 12 cities across Russia; Shiryaevo Biennale. Central Russian Zen (2017), together with Roman and Nelya Korzhovs) at NCCA – National Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow; CITIZENSFIVE (2017) at Art Athina fair.