Alina Kleytman

Alina Kleytman (*1991) is an artist, curator, and mentor. Since 2020, she has been a curator of the independent art space “Dzherelo” (based in Kyiv, Ukraine). In 2019–2020, she provided mentorship for the long-term project Coming Out of Isolation 2.0 aimed at the elimination of discrimination, xenophobia, and prejudice towards members of the LGBT+ community in Ukraine, initiated by IZOLYATSIA (a platform for cultural initiatives) and supported by the Human Rights Fund 2019. The EXTRAORDINARY QUEER-CABARET MAGIC INFANT project as well as the REFLECTING TOY kinetic light sculpture are recent works of hers created within the framework of the ISKRA festival in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since 2017, Kleytman has been the tutor of the author’s video-art course at the Victor Marushchenko Photo School. She has received numerous awards. In April 2021, she won the Women in Arts prize for the category Women in Visual Arts, established in 2019 by UN Women Ukraine and the Ukrainian Institute as a part of the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality. She is a two-time winner of the PinchukArtCentrePrize: in 2015 she won the special prize for her film Super A, and in 2018 she received the audience prize for the work Ask Your Mom. Recent exhibitions include Vertigo Time (2020) in Dora Ostrovsky Art Hub (Frankfurt, Germany), Strach (2020) in Arsenal Gallery (Białymstoku, Poland), and Crossing Line (2019) in PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine). Her works have also been presented as a part of the project Under Mud in LUX Scotland (Glasgow, Scotland, 2019), the biennale Orient2 in Kunsthalle Bratislava (Bratislava, Slovakia, 2019), Armed and Dangerous in IZOLYATSIA (Kyiv, Ukraine, 2019), Permanent Revolution in Ludwig Museum (Budapest, Hungary, 2018). She was the curator and artist of the project The Story About an Old Fat Girl (2019), which was supported by the Ukranian Cultural Foundation. Her works are part of the tranzit collection (Vienna, Austria). Alina is a social activist who advocates for rights of the queer community in Kyiv, which has been the bright focus of her practice in the last years. She lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine.