Born in Minsk, Belarus, curator Anna Karpenko currently lives and works in Berlin and Leipzig, Germany. Her professional interests lie in contemporary art theory and practice. Her most recent curatorial project was a group exhibition of Belarusian contemporary artists, “When the Sun is Low – The Shadows are Long” shown at the Arsenal Gallery in Bialostok, Poland and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig in 2022. Since 2015, Anna has curated numerous exhibitions with her colleagues in Belarus, including “Names” and “Beyonders: Other Histories of Belarusian Art”. In collaboration with Sophia Sadovskaya and Y-Gallery of Contemporary Art in Minsk, Anna published a book based on her research of the collection of Minsk psychiatrist V. Kruglyanski, who collected the art of his patients for several decades.
In addition to her curatorial practice, Anna collaborates with a number of art institutions and initiatives in Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany. In recent years, she has been conducting research on the Belarusian avant-garde and Wladislaw Strzeminski in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lodz, Poland. Anna is the author of numerous art criticism articles; she is a member of AICA, Poland.
A graduate of the Philosophy Department of Belarusian State University, Anna received a MA in Sociology from the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania, and studied in the MA program Cultures of the Curatorial at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany.