Anna Karpenko

Anna Karpenko is a Minsk-based independent curator and researcher who focuses on socially engaged art. Karpenko graduated from the Belarusian State University with a bachelor’s in Philosophy, the masters’ program in Visual Culture at the European Humanities University (Vilnius), and the Berlin Art Institute internship program. As a researcher, Anna works on the topic of the unknown Belarusian avant-garde, as well as “outsider art” and critical curation. As a curator, Karpenko has produced numerous exhibitions on inclusion in art—Imena (Names), co-curated with Antonina Stebur, Biazmezhniki (People Without Limits), co-curated with Sophia Sadouskaya—as well as educational activities: the parallel program for Slavs and Tatars’ exhibition in Minsk, the MATCH project (in partnership with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute), and public lectures on Belarusian art scene (together with Alicija Jelinska and Mikolai Robert Jurkowski). In 2018, together with a group of colleagues, Karpenko launched the “A Good Lady To Have around the House” campaign that raised the issue of unequal working conditions for women in the culture industry.