Carol Stakenas is a curator and educator. Her practice is deliberately varied in scope, content, and context. She recognizes a multicentric increasingly transnational contemporary art world where curators, artists, and communities engage in projects that extend across national boundaries, tracing patterns of migration and cultural exchange. Even hyper-local projects quickly connect to global conditions and urgencies. Carol is currently a curator-at-large for (SPAN) Social Practices Art Network. Previously, she served as executive director of No Longer Empty (NYC) and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) as well as deputy director/curator of Creative Time (NYC).
During her residency, Carol explored socially engaged public art projects in St. Petersburg. Through observation, conversation, and participation, she sought to address critical questions including how does a transnational perspective inform legibility of an artwork and its impact in global culture?