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Ekaterina Degot & David Riff

Ekaterina Degot Ph.D. is an art historian, writer, and curator based in Moscow. For many years a journalist and art critic with a sharp political position, she has also written for several international publications about Soviet modernism, contemporary Russian society, and its art scene. She has been a guest professor at various American and European universities and is currently a professor at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. Besides many art historical and anthropological shows based on research, she curated (with Cosmin  Costinaş and David Riff), the first Ural Industrial Biennial in Ekaterinburg, 2010; the discussion platform of the first Kiev Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2012; and was co-curator of Time/Food at Stella Art Foundation in Moscow, 2012. She recently co-edited the book Post-Post-Soviet?: Art, Politics and Society in Russia at the Turn of the Decade (2013).

David Riff is a writer, translator, artist, and curator based in Moscow and Berlin. He has written widely on the history and present of contemporary art in Russia as an art critic, and has translated extensively, his most recent project a forthcoming volume of the work of Soviet aesthetic philosopher Mikhail Lifshitz. He is a member of the workgroup Chto delat/What is to be done? and has been involved in other artistic collaborations such as the Learning Film Group or the Karl Marx School of the English Language. Recent curatorial projects have included the international exhibition The Potosi Principle (as a curatorial correspondent), 2010–2011; the Ural Industrial Biennial (with Cosmin  Costinaş and Ekaterina Degot), 2010; and Auditorium Moscow, a discussion platform and exhibition (with Ekaterina Degot and Joanna Mytkowska), 2011. Riff is a professor at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.