5 Minutes With Marina Kurikhina

Marina Kurikhina is a Russian born curator based in Los Angeles and focusing on international projects, with a particular attention on Latin American contemporary art. She has several projects in the pipeline including an exhibition with Alejandro Almanza Pereda at Ibid Gallery in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a major institutional project in Los Angeles with SecondHome.io, which she will share at the press lounge next March. “It will blow your mind, I promise!” she says…

If you could have dinner with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?


How did you become (OR) what motivated you to become a curator?

I wanted to be an artist but I studied design first. Then I realised that none of my artist friends could create works and make exhibitions at the same time. Curating was a way for us to work together and help each other. There was an immediate understanding, I knew I could do this.

What 3 words best describe your curatorial style?

Journey, dialogue and notion of the other.

What is the most memorable exhibition you have ever seen, and why?

El Gabinete Blanco [The White Cabinet] by Adriano Pedrosa at Jumex Collection in 2010. It was a small room with only white works which included artists like Dan Flavin next to Jose Davila, Fernanda Gomes next to Lucio Fontana, Glenn Ligon and Adriana Varejão, among many. All the works talked to one another, they all had their own space and an intimate voice. I had to go back there 5 times, it felt so good to be in that room! I think Pedrosa is one of the most important curators today who has the talent of merging elements that you don’t expect to merge, regardless of the period or medium of works he deals with. Go and see his MASP museum in Sao Paulo and you’ll know what I mean.

“A good artist has less time than ideas” Martin Kippenberger.  Do you agree?

Yes and this extends to everyone in this world so I would say, any creative mind has more ideas than time.


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