Marina Kurikhina is a Russian art advisor and curator currently residing in London. Much of the last five years has seen her in Latin America, developing close ties with the artistic community there and working to assist in its representation abroad. A solid academic background supports her characteristic ‘hands on’ approach that has helped her to establish a network of professional relationships and to consolidate an enviable and comprehensive catalogue of contemporary artists. She has assisted a number of organizations in establishing or improving their links with México, and created the founding artistic vision for Fundación Magnolia, a non-profit organisation of which she served as director.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I would love to be in a John Baldesari picture. His work is unpretentious, clever, funny... that would be such a nice world to live in.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
I am inspired by people who don't give up, people who think like this: Nothing to lose and nowhere to turn but forward.. and if your ideas don't scare you they are not big enough.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I would love to go to Japan.. this has been on my list for a long time and I think I am going this year.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
New York, Paris, Antwerp, Mexico City, St Petersburg and Venice (damn, I am so romantic).
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
I'm an associate director at Max Wigram Gallery in London and recently signed prominent Brazilian artist Valeska Soares, whose practice I continue to promote in Europe. I'm also working on a number of international independent initiatives, including institutional and public projects. April 2013.