Team / 5 Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art

5th Odessa Biennale
of Contemporary Art

August 26 till September 30, 2017


Mikhail Rashkovetsky


Mikhail Rashkovetsky, independent art historian, art critic, curator.

Born in 1954 in Odessa.

Education: philological faculty of Odessa State University (1978);

Faculty of Theory and History of Arts of the I. Repin State Academy Institute, USSR-RF (with honors, 1992, St. Petersburg).


1982 – 1996 – scientific employee of the Odessa Art Museum, head of the exhibition and educational departments.

1993 – 1996 – Chairman of the Board of the “Nove Mystetstvo” Association, Odessa;

1994 – co-curator of the “Tirs” Museum and Center for Contemporary Art, Odessa;

1996 – 2000 – Director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art – Odessa,

Since 2002 – an individual entrepreneur by SIC: “the activities of museums”, “research in the humanities”, etc.;

2002 – 2017 – curator of the Museum of the History of Jews of Odessa;

2012 – 2017 – co-curator and curator of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art;

From September 2014 to February 19, 2015 – a member of the curatorial group of the Ukrainian National Pavilion of the Venice Biennale – 2015 (by decision of the Board of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine). Left the group at own request on February 19, 2015 as a sign of rejection of the policy of the leadership of the Ministry of Culture as a commissioner of the Ukrainian Pavilion.

Work in expert commissions:

2014 – Member of the Expert Council of the Young Artists Contest of the UART Foundation;

2015 – member of the selection committee of the PinchukArtCentre Prize;

2016 – member of the Competitive commission for Selection of Curator of the Ukrainian national project at the Venice Biennale in 2017;

2017 – Member of the Expert Council of the Platform “Museum of Contemporary Art” of the National Art Museum of Ukraine.

Curator/co-curator of a number of exhibitions and projects of contemporary art, in particular, “After Modernism” (Odessa Art Museum, 1989, 90); “Free Zone” (international project, Odessa, 1994); “Kandinsky Syndrome” (an international project, Odessa Museum of History and Local Lore, 1995); “Unnatural Selection” (Center for Ukrainian Culture, 1997, Odessa) “Self-government: cultural evolution vs revolution” (international project, Odessa Museum of Contemporary Art, Odessa Art Museum, 2013); “Manifesto” (an international project, the Museum of Modern Art of Odessa, the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art, 2015).

Curator of the “The Zone of Turbulence” project of the 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art  (an international project, the Museum of Modern Art of Odessa, other museum, gallery and alternative spaces in Odessa, 2017).

Participant of numerous conferences, master classes, lectures and lecture courses, educational programs in Odessa, Kiev, Dnipro, Almaty, Amsterdam, Budapest, Warsaw, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Prague, etc.

Publications in the professional magazines Terra incognita, Parta, Fine Art, Obrazotvorche Mystetstvo, Art Ukraine, Korydor (Kiev); Decorative Art of the USSR (Rakurs), Moscow Art Magazine, etc.

Lives and works in Odessa.


Semen Kantor


Born 1952, Odessa.

1974- Odessa Polytechnic Institute.

1985- postgraduate study of Moscow Institute of Steel & Alloys.

PhD  in engineering.

1974-1977 – Engineer-technologist of the Odessa Foundry Plant “Centrolit”.

1977-1998 – a senior research fellow, head of the laboratory and department at the Research Institute of Foundry (Odessa).

The author of the monograph, numerous articles in special periodicals, “Inventor of the USSR”.

1999-2013 – the founder and director of the art-casting studio “Talamus Studio”.

Since 2008 – the founder and director of the Museum of Odessa Modern Art (MoOMA).

Since 2012- the Board Chairman of Odessa public organization “Center for Development”.

Since 2008 – the organizer and since 2016 the commissar of the Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Organizer of many museum projects, including: “Self-government: cultural evolution vs revolution” (III Odessa Biennale, MoOMA, Odessa Art Museum, 2013); “Manifesto” (IV Odessa Biennale, MoOMA, Odessa Museum of Western and Oriental art, 2015); “They returned” (MoOMA, 2014); “Enfant Terrible”. Odessa Conceptualism “, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kiev, MoOMA, 2015); ” Dashing 90s “( MoOMA, 2016)” Turbulence Zone “(V Odessa Biennale, MoOMA, other museum, galleries and altene platforms, 2017).

Co-author of the catalog “abstract art of Odessa” (2010).

The editor and compiler of the catalogs “Fine art of Odessa at the turn of the century” (2010); “Union Unbreakable” (2017), etc.

Lives and works in Odessa.


Nikolay Karabinovych

Assistant Curator

Nikolay Karabinovych — Media-artist, philosopher, designer, musician, and author of installations.

Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1988. 

In 2011 graduated from Odessa National University Mechnikov, Department of Philosophy. Since 2009 Nikolay Karabinovych have been taking part in numerous group exhibitions, performances and other projects.

Works with painting, video, installation, graphics, mural drawings and new technologics.

Make research in the interdisciplinary collaboration between art, philosophy and new media. The main topics of artworks is research of social conflicts, possibilities of art, interaction in the public spaces, human rights and social connections.

Lives in Odessa.