Artist Talk: Lesia Khomenko - San Jose Jazz

Artist Talk: Lesia Khomenko

Winter Fest: Counterpoint with Ukraine
Sat, Mar 4
3:30pm doors; 4pm showtime (Pacific)
Free with Registration / SJZ Break Room

Join Lesia Khomenko, Ukrainian artist and creator of the “Unidentified Figures” series exhibited at Winter Fest and Counterpoint with Ukraine co-curator Olga Bekenshtein in a spirited discussion of the exhibition and the current situation of Ukrainian artists moderated by Barbara Goldstein, founder of Art Builds Community, a public art planning and curatorial firm. After the talk, attendees will be encouraged to visit the exhibition next door, where the artist will field questions.

Lesia Khomenko (b. 1980 in Kyiv) is a multidisciplinary artist who is revising the role of painting in today’s society. She deconstructs narrative images and transforms paintings into objects, installations, performances or videos. Her interest lies in revealing tools of visual manipulation in the context of history-making and myth-making. She graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture in Kyiv, 2004. A member of R.E.P. group since 2004, she is also a co-founder of curatorial union HUDRADA, a self-educational community based on interdisciplinary cooperation, 2008. Khomenko is an initiator and program director of the “Contemporary Art” course at the Kyiv Academy of Media Arts. Her works were shown in many exhibitions, including at the Lviv Municipal Art Center, 2021 (solo); PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 2018 (solo); MNAC, Bucharest, 2016; The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, 2015; CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, 2014; The Future Generation Art Prize@Venice2013; Kyiv Biennial 2012 (main project); National Art Museum of Ukraine, 2012; Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, 2011 (solo); Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden, 2011; Fridman gallery, New York, 2022; MUMOK, Vienna, 2009; Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2008; De Appel, Amsterdam, 2008; Ukrainian pavilion at Venice Biennale, 2007 (a collaboration with Mark Titchner); and Kunsthalle Vienna, 2006. She was a finalist of the Pinchuk Art Prize in 2009, 2011, and 2013, and a 2016 finalist of the Kazimir Malevich Award, Kyiv. She lives and works in Kyiv – since March 2022, she has temporarily been in the West.

Olga Bekenshtein is a music curator, arts administrator and DJ from Luhansk/Kyiv, Ukraine. She has been the founder of Am I Jazz? festival, a co-founder of the non-profit organization OK Projects and part of the team that runs the club/art center Closer in Kyiv with its electronic music festivals Strichka and Brave! Factory, the largest and most internationally-recognized in Ukraine. Her curatorial approach centers on cross-sectoral, multi-genre contemporary music programming; presenting vanguard artistic projects and commissioning experimental collaborations. As a Fulbright scholar, she earned an MA in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2020. In her theoretical research, she focuses on decolonization, politically aware performance and ethics in the music industry.

Barbara Goldstein is an independent public art consultant focusing on urban design and placemaking. She has led public art programs in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Jose, and is editor and author of Public Art by the Book, a primer published by Americans for the Arts and the University of Washington Press. Ms. Goldstein has worked as a cultural planner, architectural and art critic, editor and publisher and is past chair of the Chair of the Public Art Network for Americans for the Arts. In 2016 Americans for the Arts recognized her with a national award for her leadership in public art.

Streaming Options

This event will be live-streamed on SJZ’s YouTube and Facebook pages. 


Artist Talk, Hybrid Event, Ukrainian Artist, Visual Art


Lesia Khomenko - artist Olga Bekenshtein - fest co-curator Barbara Goldstein - moderator

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