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Luba Kuzovnikova


Luba Kuzovnikova is a curator and producer, born in 1976 in Severodvinsk, northwest Russia. She graduated as a linguist from the Pomor University in Arkhangelsk, and got an art history education at Utica College of Syracuse University (USA), Tromsø University (Norway) and Copenhagen University (Denmark). She obtained an MA in Cultural Management at Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (a program in partnership with the Manchester University), and an MA in Global Public Policy at the Russian Presidential Academy in Moscow (a program in partnership with SIPA - Columbia University).

From 2006 until 2020 Kuzovnikova was Artistic director of Pikene på Broen, a collective of curators and producers based in a border-town Kirkenes at the Norwegian-Russian border, and Director for the annual international festival Barents Spektakel. The festival Barents Spektakel is known as “a cultural-political cocktail with contemporary art and music, literature and architecture, seminars and debates, theatre and performances as ingredients, spiced with current issues related to the High North and the Arctic”. 

Kuzovnikova is a board member (Rådsmedlem) of the Arts Council Norway, and has been engaged as a jury member of different grant committees at Arts Council Norway, OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway), Ibsen Scholarships, etc. 

At present she is also engaged by OCA as a project leader for the Nordic Pavilion of the 59thla Biennale di Venezia 2022. 

Before she moved to Norway in 2006, she had been a founding Director of the ArtHangar Center for Contemporary Art in the historically and religiously charged space of the Solovki Islands, worked at the Institute of Cultural Policy in Moscow and the Mikhail Prokhorov Cultural Foundation in Norilsk. 

Photo: Victor Frankowski