Participant Profile

Nastia Khlestova


Nastia Khlestova is a contemporary art curator and received a MA in Art History from Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Art.  Her work explores the artistic process and the place of the emerging artist in the structure of contemporary art and focuses on how artist-run spaces function, the history of local art institutions, as well as early-career artists and their personal histories.  Over the past few years, Nastia has been studying how artist-run spaces and independent contemporary art organizations function in Ukraine. 

Nastia is a curator and founder of the artist-run space 127 garage in Kharkiv.  The organization’s main goal and mission are to create a community comfortable for work and interaction and to support young artists.