Elena Sorokina

HISK, Belgium

> Break-out session Art, play and humour: from palliation to transformation

Elena Sorokina is curator at HISK, a post-graduate institute and residency for visual artists in Ghent, Belgium. Previously, she worked as curatorial advisor for documenta 14 in Athens/Kassel. She is an alumna of the Whitney Museum of American Art ISP in New York and has a degree in art history from the Friedrich Wilhelm’s University in Bonn, Germany.

Her project Forms of Togetherness (and Separation), organised after the terror attacks in Paris in 2015, rekindled the public debates on integration, radicalism, religion, secularity, and freedom of expression, which resurfaced with a new intensity all over Europe. The project portrayed divers forms of commonality and belonging, self-identification and self-representation, reflecting on how different groups could be heard or silenced and how the radical diversity and multiple voices within a wider society could be acknowledged.

Sorokina’s other projects include: Museum (Science) Fictions at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Spaces of Exception a special project for the Moscow Biennial; Agnes Varda. Temps Trituré, at LVMH Brussels; the symposium What is a postcolonial exhibition?, a collaborative project of SMBA and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

She has published in numerous catalogs, and has written for Artforum, Flash Art, Cabinett Magazine, Manifesta Journal, Moscow Art Magazine, and other publications. Sorokina is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has been invited as lecturer at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée Picasso, Paris; YBCA, San-Francisco; ISCP, New York; HISK, Gent; Garage CCC, Moscow; and other institutions.