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Sasha Kurmaz

Sasha Kurmaz

Sasha Kurmaz (b. 1986) in Kyiv, Ukraine. Currently lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. He holds a BFA in design from the National Academy of Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts in Kyiv in 2008.

Sasha is an interdisciplinary artist. In his artistic practice, he studies various models of interaction with public space, social groups, and communities as well as explores the changing relationship between human beings and the modern world.

The focus of his work is urban space and society, as well as examines the tension between the individual and the power structures. He uses different media to work with these issues, such as photography, video, public intervention, and performative situations.

Kurmaz has participated in many international group exhibitions and festivals, including exhibitions at W139 2012 (Netherlands), Zamek Ujazdowski 2013 (Poland), ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art 2013 (Germany), Künstlerhaus Vienna 2014 (Austria), Architekturzentrum Wien 2014 (Austria), Saatchi Gallery 2015 (UK), Skovde Art Museum 2016 (Sweden), C/O Berlin 2016 (Germany), NRW-Forum Düsseldorf 2017 (Germany), Galeria Arsenał 2017 (Poland), PinchukArtCentre 2018 (Ukraine) and Latvian Museum of Photography 2019 (Latvia). Has held residencies at KulturKontakt 2015 (Austria), EoFA 2017 (Switzerland), HIAP 2018 (Finland), CEC ArtsLink 2019 (US), Akademie der Künste 2020 (Germany) and received C/O Berlin Talent Award 2016 (Germany), Kazimir Malevich Artist Award 2020 (Ukraine).

His work has been published in a wide range of international magazines, including Vice, Krytyka Polityczna, Liberation, FOAM, Tissue, Fisheye, Bloomberg Businessweek, Yet, Rolling Stones, Fotograf, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Adbusters magazine, Die ZEIT.



From translations of the Greek playwright Aristophanes: It literally means to walk on the air, but actually means to walk as if on air. What a perfect word for buoyant sauntering, after, say, receiving good news. Credits to Mark Peters.

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