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Oleksandra Savchenko

Curator

Kharkiv, Ukraine

Olexandra is a curator from Kharkiv. She has three years of experience as an exhibition curator at the Kharkiv Literary Museum. She worked on the concept of exhibitions, their decoration and physical embodiment. 

 

It is important for Olexandra that each piece of an exhibition ceases to be a silent object from the museum collection, but receives space to tell its own story. This is especially important in the context of Ukrainian literature, which for centuries was banned or expropriated by propaganda. At the same time, Ukrainian writers were often physically destroyed or forced to silence or cooperate with the regime. It is also important for Alexandra that the exhibition space resonate with issues relevant to society in order for the museum to be a space for live discussion and not just a repository of objects.

Oleksandra also has experience in organizing literary festivals, and has twice co-organized the International Night of Museums in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

 

She also worked as a coordinator of the charity fund of the Ukrainian writer and poet Serhiy Zhadan. The Charitable Foundation has been supporting children from Eastern Ukraine since 2014. One of the foundation's main missions is to show children from war-affected regions that they are not isolated. We gave them the opportunity to travel around Ukraine, discover the culture of different regions, and get to know their peers. The Foundation actively supports culture in these regions, schools, boarding schools, libraries. Organizes a large-scale literary competition for children "Read-Write".

 

From 2020 to 2022 she worked as an administrator of the art studio for children Aza Nizi Maza. The main mission of which is to enable children to express themselves in the context of contemporary art. Children have the right to fully participate in the contemporary artistic process without division into "adult" and "children's" art.