Sergey Kantsedal is a Ukrainian-born curator based in Italy.

He is currently running a non-profit institution Associazione Barriera. Through a series of exhibitions and long-term projects, this art space creates opportunities for dialogue between artists, curators, and collectors and engenders contamination with other cultural environments and disciplinary perspectives such as music, fashion, and alternative forms of publishing.
The space promotes curatorial strategies that are characterized by an informal approach, directed not only toward the production of pre-established artistic products but also toward the creation of inclusive space where the exchange is not limited to the frame of institutional representation or critique but becomes part of daily life experience and practice. 

Recently he curated a residency program HOW YOU DARE? / COME TI PERMETTI? at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. This project powered by Comune di Milano and supported by VeraLab was born to provide professional and moral support to the Ukrainian artists affected by the war due to the Russian invasion. Through a series of public activities, this one-year residency program introduced a series of artists and musicians who are active participants in a scene in Kyiv.

From 2017 to 2021 he worked together with Barbara Casavecchia and Guido Costa on OGR YOU, a non-conventional educational project for young adults at Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR) in Turin. Among the artists who took part in this project were Nan Goldin, Adam Christensen, Adelita Husni-Bey, Angelo Plessas, Diego Marcon, Eva and Franco Mattes, Invernomuto, Slavs and Tatars, and Sophie Jung just to mention a few.

He also works as an independent curator collaborating with young artists to produce exhibitions and performative events. He is particularly interested in the heritage of the former Eastern Bloc and its role in the construction of cultural, political, and gender identity.

He took part in MEDITERRANEA 18, Young Artists Biennial in Tirana and a transnational research program A Natural Oasis? (San Marino-Kosovo-Montenegro-Malta). Previously he was running Biruchiy Contemporary Art Residency (2013-2015, Biruchiy island, Ukraine) and worked as a curator of the Centre of Contemporary Art YermilovCentre (2012-2013, Kharkov).

He graduated from the State Academy of Design and Arts of Kharkiv, attended Third Moscow Curatorial Summer School by V-A-C Foundation and CAMPO, curatorial practices course at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin (2015-2016).

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