Born in Cherkasy (Ukraine), Anna Pohribna currently lives and works in Kyiv. She graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with a degree in cultural studies, and has been working at CSM / Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art since 2012 and at the National Art and Culture Museum Complex “Mystetskyi Arsenal since 2017. As a project manager Anna is responsible for different aspects of project circle management but personally, she is interested in public history, public space issues, participatory practices and community development.
The Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 2008 and promotes innovative artistic practices and responsible cultural criticism in Ukraine. CSM strives to create an environment in which culture is regarded as an important agent of change. CSM as a cultural institution is one of the first organizations in the Ukraine which addressed the subject of art in public space and continues to work on projects aimed at developing participatory strategies of art interaction within the city. CSM has three main focus areas: non-formal education, criticism, and artistic practices. CSM initiates educational initiatives for journalists, critics, curators, artists, and cultural managers, and encourages communication and cooperation between cultural institutions and local communities. CSM is a publisher of the Korydor online magazine (www.korydor.in.ua) about contemporary culture.
National Art and Culture Museum Complex “Mystetskyi Arsenal” (“Art Arsenal”) is one of Ukraine’s most promising projects in the cultural field. The mission of Mystetskyi Arsenal is to combine Ukrainian achievements and cultural initiatives into one conceptual national project in order to present Ukrainian historical and artistic heritage as part of world cultural heritage.