Art Prospect Fellows

2017 Participants

Public Art

Sabina Abbasova is an architect and recently graduated from the Department of Architecture and Design, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction.  In 2015, together with a group of young architects, she founded the organization PILLƏ Atelier, which organizes lectures, workshops and exhibitions about urbanism and architecture. Sabina has participated in international workshops as part of the European Architecture Students Assembly (2012-2015) and Yarat Education and participated in a Capacity Building Training Program for Cultural Managers in 2016.

The PILLƏ architecture studio was founded in November 2015 by a group of young architects.  The team conducts architectural research and works on different topics related to architectural practice. As an architectural organization, PILLƏ is an alternative local platform, examining critical architectural and urban problems and seeking optimal solutions for them.  In addition, the team organizes discussions, prepares presentations, exhibitions, and coordinates workshops.

Public Art

Anna Chistoserdova was the Art Director of the Podzemka Gallery from 2004 until 2009, when she co-founded the highly respected ЎGallery of Contemporary Art in Minsk. She currently serves as Ў Gallery’s Art Director and manages a variety of international art projects and educational programs. Chistoserdova received the European Diploma on Cultural Project Management and Cultural Policy from the Association Marcel Hicter, Brussels, in 2014 and currently serves on the advisory committees of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Platform for Culture, and the Oracle Cultural Network.

Public Art

Akylai Kabaeva is an urban planner with a MA in Urban Planning and Development with a particular interest in the ecology of the city. She was working part-time at three jobs and is a student in ArtEast’s School of Contemporary Art. She is an intern at Fauna and Flora International on projects related to conservation, is the Assistant Director of YARAT, the Center of Documentary Photography, and is consultant on urban issues for the NGO Urban Initiatives. Akylai is particularly interested in the relationship between urban planning and the arts and believes that art as a part of the creative economy plays one of the key roles in the development of cities and that art not only reflects social, political, and ecological issues, but also serves as a trigger of change in cities, nations, and the whole world.

YARAT is a newly established Center of Documentary Photography.  The Center has a library of albums and books on documentary photography and conducts lecture courses and photo projects in the field of documentary photography.

Urban Initiatives (UI) is a new NGO that supports citizens and municipal governments to implement their ideas for the development of the city. UI conducts research on the urban environment, organizes seminars and discussions on urban planning, and working with citizens, communities and city administrations.

Public Art

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 (CSM) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 2008 and promotes innovative artistic practices and responsible cultural criticism in Ukraine. 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 ( about contemporary culture.

The 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.