We’re interrupting our new digest format to deliver what we feel is some pretty significant news for Moscow, which we discovered through Artguide: curator Ekaterina Degot (known by most of the Russian art world at “Katya”) has taken on a two-year post as Art Director at the Akademie der Künste der Welt in Cologne. In doing so, she joins academy members Walid Raad, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Soyoung Kim and Rosemarie Trockel.
Degot, as you might recall, was one of the two forces behind this year’s Bergen Triennial, “Monday Begins on Saturday,” which is currently up for the state-funded Innovation prize for Curatorial Project (Her partner-in-crime, David Riff, is also headed to Cologne.) Another of her more recent projects in the Motherland was “Auditorium Moscow,” a forum concurrently with the 4th Moscow Biennale, that brought together artists and thinkers like Yael Bartana, Tania Bruguera, Hito Steyerl and Artur Żmijewski. Degot has also been the face of the Rodchenko School, which provides one of the only official media art programs in the country. You can find an extended biography here, on the Akademie der Künste der Welt‘s site.
In all the talk of biennales and boycotts, Degot was one of the few curators who stood out as a critical voice, capable of formulating a cohesive critique without resorting to cheap provocations or political platitudes. While we congratulate Katya and look forward to her future projects in Cologne, we do hope that she will continue her work in Russia (now, more than ever…)