Independent curator, Awarded an honaray doctorate from the Helsinki University for Art and Design
Born in Moscow in 1957. He was a curator of contemporary art at the Pushkin National Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow from 1980 till 1990 and the director of the Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Moscow from 1992 to 1997. He was on the curatorial team for the Manifesta I in Rotterdam (1996) and he curated the Russian participation in the Istanbul Biennale (1992), the Venice Biennale (1995, 2003), the São Paulo Biennale (2002, 2004), and the Valencia Biennale (2001); he also curated the first Central Asia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2005). In 2007 he realized the project “Progressive Nostalgia: Art from the Former USSR”, exhibited in the Centro per l’arte contemporanea (Prato), the Benaki Museum (Athens), KUMU (Tallinn), and KIASMA (Helsinki).
Since 1993 he has founded and been an editor for the Moscow Art Magazine (Moscow) and the Manifesta Journal: Journal of Contemporary Curatorship(Amsterdam). From 2010 to 2014 he was the Chairman of the International Foundation Manifesta.