Full name: Anna Gaidai

Organisation: Jam Factory Art Center (Lviv, Ukraine)

I am responsible and careful, attentive to details. As one of my colleagues said about me: “Clear steering under uncertain conditions – excellent command of this key 21st-century competence”. I work as a curator, guest curator, project manager. I am an associate of “Culture and Creativity” EU-Eastern Partnership Program for cultural leaders. Member of International Culture and Creativity Association (CCA).

Areas of interest: Visual arts, architecture and urbanism, design, multidisciplinary projects, international culture diplomacy.

Why are you a part of MagiC Carpets: I like multidisciplinarity of MagiC Carpets project and the network it builds. As a JFAC curator at this project, I am interested in collaboration with foreign artists and institutions, as well as I admire of the freedom and opportunities that MagiC Carpets gives to its participants – locally and internationally.

Why have you chosen to be a curator or why has curatorship chosen you? Curatorship is a way of constant learning. I love learning. And also curator’s work provides an opportunity to represent a diverse range of artistic ideas as well as curator’s vision, to discover new angles to see familiar stories.

What do you think is the purpose of art? To raise questions, to encourage reflection and dialogue, to preserve memory about cultures and create cultural heritage. To connect people and nurture the environment for self-expression.

Your favourite book(s): ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D.Salinger, ‘The God of Small Things’ by Arundhati Roy, “Tender Is the Night” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, works by Julio Cortazar, ‘Cinnamon Shops’ by Bruno Schulz.

Your favourite film(s): ‘Fight Club’, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, ‘Twin Peaks’, ‘In the Mood for Love’, ‘Midnight in Paris’, ‘Lobster’.

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