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.
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).

HOW YOU DARE? / Publication

catalogue, editor and curator of the project

Published by Nova Express
Design: Andrea Magnani (Siliqoon Agency)

Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan

May 2020 - April 2023

This  publication, edited by Sergey Kantsedal (with Antonella Prasse) and produced by Nova Express Publishing with design by Andrea Magnani (Siliqoon Agency), documents the residency program for Ukrainan artists HOW YOU DARE? which took place at at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan from May 2022 to April 2023.

Constructed as a diary of the residency, including a series of textual and visual contributions, the final publication of HOW YOU DARE? seeks to encapsulate and preserve the entire experience over time, presenting it in the most direct and sencere possible way.

Untitled (Seduta in Ufficio Circondata da Teste e Corpi)

- exhibition, host (together with MRZB)

with Anastasia Kreslina, Dafne, MRZB, Katia Kabalina

Europalace Uffici, Orbassano (TO)


photo documentation by Dafne
video-stills by MRZB

special thanks to Alessandro Gasparini



- residency program, curator 

Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan 

May 2020 - April 2023 

Supported by the Municipality of Milan and sponsored by Vera Lab

project manager: Antonella Prasse

HOW YOU DARE? is the residency program which took place from May 2022 to April 2023 at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. The project, supported by the City of Milan and sponsored by VeraLab, was born in order to offer professional and moral support to the artists affected by the war in Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. Through the creation of a relational and productive context, the residency program therefore has a goal to help to overcome the trauma of war and its consequences: participation in military conflict, forced emigration, interruption of family connections and friendships.

The artists who took part in the residency are: Alina Kleytman, Katya Kopeikina, Vlad Plisetskiy, Alyona Ivanova, Daria Veshtak, BOJI and Kvirtet Collective, who in their research draw on different artistic languages: from painting to digital art, from video to sculpture, from music to performance. 

The title HOW YOU DARE? refers to the context of the social, political and military crisis that Ukraine is going through. With a bit of provocation, the question invites us to reflect on personal and collective responsibility towards the events of daily news. In an act of self-interrogation, the participants of the residency put at the center of issues such as personal self-determination, the privilege and role of art versus social change. In the world we live in today - dominated by political-military crises and social inequalities, as well as by the danger of an environmental catastrophe - "How you dare?" becomes a question almost of denunciation to which each of us is called to respond every single day.

The final exhibition ROLLING REFUGEE HOME MUSEUM ON WHEELS encloses and completes the entire experience of the residency by incorporating one of its main characteristics: the indissoluble unity between the methods of production of artworks and their display. The new body of the works - sculptures, paintings and garments – produced by the artists Alina Kleytman, Katya Kopeikina and Vladislav Plisetskiy were presented in the frame of a dynamic exhibition, a set-up which was constantly changing and expanding during all the time through a series of performative events happening occasionally in the space, as a way to celebrate the multiplicity of practices and poetics presented in the show.

Starting from the concepts of “home” and “nomadism” as topics inextricably related to the practical and existential concerns that artists are still experiencing by due their refugee status, ROLLING REFUGEE HOME MUSEUM deals with the situation of extreme precarity very directly, by producing easy-to-transport objects on wheels: their poetical gesture which relates and at the same time reflects on the current existential and living condition.

Photography by Gabriele Abbruzzese 

Atribune Magazine 

FVDSFL / Maurizio Cilli
- performance in public space (curator)

Lucento, Torino 

Powered by URRÀ TORINO - URban RegenerAction in Torino

A live performance by Maurizio Cilli that in its sudden and transitory consistence crosses the courtyards and is configured with the characters of a passage that evokes the emotional states of a ritual procession. At the center is the reconstruction of a collective memory from which to start again and to be celebrated with an artistic performance in the courtyards of the two residential complexes, with the involvement of the realities active in the area today. The intention is to determine the "sculptural" conditions of an unplanned "tableau vivant," capable of awakening the desire to refound an active representation of the community.

The artist experiences a live collective experience to be imprinted and preserved in the consciousness of affective memory. The work takes on the appearance of an evocative ritual performance. This experiment is called Momentary Place and it traverses courtyards evoking the emotional states of a ritual procession. Involved in the action are the Salus Musical Band conducted by Maestro Massimo Sanfilippo, active in the area since 1946, and soprano voice Fé Avouglan.