Lesia Kulchynska

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Lesia Kulchynska is a Kyiv-based independant curator and visual studies researcher.

Kulchynska holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine, and teaches cultural studies at the Kyiv Academy of Media Arts. In 2018–19 she was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University, and in 2022-2023 she was a fellow at Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute of Art History. Her research interests are the theory and history of the image, particularly the performativity of the image, and the relationships between image and violence.

Kulchynska has held positions at the Research Platform of the Pinchuk Art Center (2021–2022) and as a curator at the Set Independent Art Space (2019–2020) as well as at the Visual Culture Research Center / VCRC (2011–2019). Past curatorial projects developed by Kulchynska include Sweet Dreams Foundation (Nida, 2022, Kaunas, 2023), State of Emergence (Bucharest 2022), Radically Different Society (New York 2021), The Reason Of Disappearance (Kyiv 2021), Art = Capital? Public Self-Reflection Program at Kyiv Art Fair (Kyiv 2020), Somewhere Out There Somewhere Beside (Nida 2019), The Raft CrimeA (Kyiv 2016), The School of the Lonesome – at The School of Kyiv (Kyiv Biennial 2015), Some Say You Can Find Happiness There (Kyiv 2015) and Ukrainian Body (Kyiv 2012).

Kulchynska created the talk show Sincerely About Art and founded the Nomadic School of Visual Education and the web project Service Website. Kulchynska is editor of Joseph Beuys: Everyone is an Artist (Kyiv 2020) and The Right to the Truth: Conversations on Art and Feminism (Kyiv 2019) and the author of Meaning Production in Cinema: Genre Mechanisms (Kyiv 2017). (2023)