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Yulia Tikhonova

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In my work as a curator, I explore how art can be a powerful vehicle for mobilizing communities in times of urgent economic pressure. While studying at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College I learned about artists who investigate issues of economic justice and civil and human rights. I also learned about curatorial practices that show work by social artists, but unfortunately their projects were lacking in real connection with the community. I realized that the question of how to mediate art work has not always been answered, and that many of the best answers are going to be local. The area of South Brooklyn ( Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Midwood, Flatbush) attracted my attention because of its remote position and culturally under-served situation. With this in mind I began to think about an organization that could bring socially engaged art to the area of South Brooklyn. Hence, Brooklyn House of Kulture (BHK) emerged which is an experimental curatorial model created to allow artists to work within communities and test concepts of useful cultural production. It is a grass-roots, and non-profit organization which aims to present art, that serves the wider population for the public good. Conceived in 2010, BHK responds to the critical economic situation of today and rejects art in a gallery setting, art ?of the bubble?.

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