Snejana KrastevaChief curator
Snejana Krasteva is Chief Curator at Luminous Art Foundation, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Triennale of Contemporary Art in the Eastern Balkans in Bulgaria (upcoming in 2025), and former Senior Curator of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. She grew up between Bulgaria and Morocco, received her BA in Chinese studies from the University of Nanjing, China in 2004 and her MFA in Curatorial studies from Goldsmiths College, London, in 2011.
In China, she run the gallery Beijing Tokyo Art Projects + TOKYO GALLERY (2004-2007), where she helped organize exhibitions such as WAZA KUYA (2007), Is It OK to Have Fun in an Art Gallery? (2007), Techno-Orientalism (2005) and Japanimation (2006), as well as China's first exhibition of the Japanese group Mono-ha called What is Mono-ha? (2007). She then joined Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing as assistant curator, and staged a number of exhibitions, including artist Yan Pei-Ming's large retrospective Landscapes of Childhood (2009). In 2009 she moved to London to pursue her education and received an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College. From 2011 to 2013, she was a curator at Art on the Underground in London where she realized a series of art projects in the public realm with artists such as Jaqueline Poncelet, Alice Channel and Anna Barham, among others.
She joined the Garage team in 2013 and is involved in the implementation of large-scale exhibition projects. Among the most recent are the exhibitions Spirit Labor: Duration, Difficulty and Affect (2021); The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics (2019). Krasteva has curated solo projects with artists Rodney Graham (2021), Allora & Calzadilla (2019), Viacheslav Koleichuk (2018), Urs Fischer, Yin Xiuzhen (both 2016), Erik Bulatov, Katharina Grosse (both 2015). In 2017 she was the co-curator of the 1st Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, and co-curator of the exhibition The Other Trans-Atlantic. Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s – 1970s (2018); Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons (2015), the first major exhibition of Eastern European art in Moscow. Krasteva was also one of the organizers of the first international conference Performance: Ethics in Action (2013) and the 6th conference What time do we live in? New historicity and the politics of time (2019). From 2018 to July 2019 she was the curator of the Garage Studio & Residency programme. From 2016 to 2019 she taught the course Exhibition History at the RANEPA. Since 2020, she is a teacher of the course Exhibition Making as part of the HSE and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art joint master's program in Curatorial practice.