About this Event
This event will be moderated by Milena Kalinovska (curator) with special guests, Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt and Denis Belkevich. This presentation is in support of the exhibition "Lost Europe: On the Edge of Memories", scheduled for
Saturday, 4:00- 6:00pm
Take an intimate walk across rural Ukraine through the lens of three Czech photographers: Karel Cudlín, Jan Dobrovský, and Martin Wágner. This is the first exhibition of these black and white photographs in the United States. The current situation of Putin's invasion of Ukraine is, of course, central to the show.
The exhibition features over 75 photographs documenting the day-to-day life of Ukrainians from 1991 to 2018. Through these photographs, you’ll step into a country with a dramatic history… a place reminiscent of the poetics of a life that is disappearing forever.
Biography of guests:
Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt was born in Taldy Kurgan, Kazakhstan to German Ukrainian parents. She is the CEO of the Tech Diplomacy Network in the Bay Area, developing a new tool in diplomacy on a global scale. Serial entrepreneur Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt has more than 15 years of expertise in building art fairs and companies in the art industry. She is a pioneer in the art and blockchain space, she founded Blockchain.art in 2019 and was running the company till 2023. She was the co-founder and executive director of the art fair Viennacontemporary in 2012-2018, securing the fair’s position in the top 10 of must-visit art fairs on the global art circuit. Steinbrecher-Pfandt has also curated projects with leading international art institutions, including the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria; the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France; and the Venice Biennial. Steinbrecher-Pfandt is an expert on art from Central and Eastern Europe and sits on the boards of Armenia Art Foundation, Artbat Fest, and is an advisor to Ars Electronica. In 2018, Steinbrecher-Pfandt was named one of Apollo Magazine’s 40 under 40.
Being one of the leading Art Economists, Denis Belkevich is the Co-founder and CEO of Art+Tech & NFT Accelerator Fuelarts.
Born in 1981 in Ukraine, Denis is a professional Art Manager / Art Economist / Art Adviser, mostly specializing in East European and contemporary Asian Art, Digital Assets, and Art Fund Management. His background is quite diverse and includes education in Theater & Movie Production (Kyiv, Ukraine), Post Graduate Program “Art Economics” at Kyiv State University of Theater, Cinema and Television, and “Art Finance” from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (New York, 2013). In 2022 Denis has to defend his PhD on Art Investment Hedge Funds & Emerging Markets. Since 2019 he has consulted Deloitte CIS on Art & Finance matters. Denis spent the first six weeks of the war in Kyiv. Recently he has been able to leave Ukraine and enter the USA.
This event will be held in-person at the museum. .
Please direct any questions about this event to the museum's main contact for this event, Patricia Edwine-Poku at [email protected].
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, United States