The third event in the Exercising [Eastern] Modernity lecture series was delivered by Anna Karpenko. Her lecture revolved around the linear understanding of the “East” which is oftentimes present at western universities as well as question the underlying assumptions behind the notion of the “East” as applied in the concepts of Eastern Europe and Middle East. By examining various empirical cases she also show how the so-called new postcolonial studies again define the binaries of East and West and why Minsk and Beirut have much more in common than Minsk and Berlin.
Anna Karpenko (born in Minsk, Belarus) is a curator who lives and works in Leipzig and Berlin. She graduated from the Philosophy Department at the Belarusian State University, Minsk in 2006 and holds an MA in Sociology in Art at the European Humanities University in Vilnius. Currently, she is studying in the Kulturen des Kuratorischen (Cultures of the Curatorial) program at Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. In her curatorial practice, Karpenko has collaborated with various institutions, such as Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland), Muzeum Sztuki (Łódż, Poland), Kolonia Artystów and Gdańska Galeria Miejska, Galeria Arsenal (Białystok, Poland), GFZK (Leipzig, Germany). In her work she focuses on curatorial theory and practice.
The Lecture was held in English.
Recording of the lecture will appear in August.