ArtsLink International Fellowships: US Residency

2012 Participants


She is urrently (as of 05/23/2018) on maternity leave and working as a freelance journalist. She is covering arts and culture events in Trondheim. She will start working again from autumn on.


Marianna Dobkowska is a curator of residencies, projects and exhibitions and a co-creator of the residency program at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. She sees curatorial practice as a tool for building relations and situations based on long-term and often international collaboration, combining practices of the visual and performative arts, education and activism. She is a co-author and co-curator  of the international curatorial seminars Re-Directing: East (2013–current), two-year project Social Design for Social Living (2015-2016) presented as part of 2015 Jakarta Biennale and at the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta as well as the exhibition-meeting Gotong Royong: Things We Do Together (2017-2018) at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Marianna is a recipient of two scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2012, 2016); a CEC Artslink Fellow (New York); and a Backers Foundation (Tokyo) fellow.



Nini Palavandishvili was born and grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia. After graduating from the Faculty of Public and Industrial Communication at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), in 2006 Nini joined the GeoAIR (GeoAIR) artistic initiative in Tbilisi. In her own projects Nini studies social and political contexts and their interpretation in the spheres of culture and contemporary art. She is interested in artistic practices that give rise to innovative forms and an artistic language that makes it possible to speak about political and social matters.

During her residency in Bishkek, Nini Palavandishvili organized a series of encounters and master classes, visited various institutions, and produced an artistic view of the city and its self-representation. Nini often uses the methods of ethnographic fieldwork in her projects to obtain a better insight into little-known places and establish contact with local communities. This approach, on the one hand, enabled her to see the city from its inhabitants’ point of view, to learn what makes them tick, and, on the other hand, it became a basis for future projects such as an alternative guide to the city or a festival of public art.