Anna Bitkina is an independent curator and a founding director of The Creative Association of Curators TOK (www.facebook.com/tok.spb).She studied at a graduate program at the International Center for Culture and Management (a program of Leadership in Culture by Salzburg University and SMBS – Salzburg Management Business School) and at the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA) in Berlin. She holds a BA in visual arts from St Petersburg State University and Bard College (New York, NY).
In 2006-2011 Ann Bitkina worked as a program manager and a consultant for an international arts organization CEC ArtsLink (www.cecartslink.org) in its St Petersburg branch. In different years she has worked in art galleries in New York City and in St Petersburg, at American Councils for International Education and Summer Literary Seminars. In 2004 Bitkina (together with Maria Veits) produced a documentary “Lost and Found” about identity of young people from post Soviet Union Republics. The film was shown on several film festivals in Europe and conferences about Russian and post-Soviet studies.
Anna Bitkina’s recent curatorial projects include: ‘Nordic Art Today: Conceptual Debts, Broken Dreams, New Horizons’ (2011, St Petersburg), ‘United States of Europe’ (2011-2013) a traveling exhibition about European identity, 10 different locations in Europe, ‘Towards the Other’ with participation of Mieke Bal and “Chto Delat?” (2011, St Petersburg), ‘Critical Mass’, international public art project (2011 – pr time), ‘Heroes of Our Time’ (2010, 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art), ‘Revolution Per Minute’ with Tommi Gronlund and Petteri Nisunen (2009, 3-rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art), ‘H2O: Nordic and Russian Art in Public Spaces’, international public art project (2009, St Petersburg). Anna lives and works in St Petersburg, Russia and in Utrecht, The Netherlands.