Karina Cabanikova is an artist and curator, based in Birmingham, UK. She holds a MA in Contemporary Curating from Birmingham City University, where she also earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Art. Cabanikova works as an Exhibitions Manager at Centrala, Birmingham to promote Central and Eastern European arts and culture to a diverse audience
Her latest research focused on the concept of political art in Czechoslovakian environment, where she examined political art and exhibitions from 1989-2016 and conducted a series of interviews with art practitioners, theorists and philosophers (e.g. M. Novotny, J. Pospiszyl, L. Hlavacek, K. Císař) in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to support it. The research led to a visual interpretation of the politically charged exhibition Who Wants to Belong to My Country at Article gallery, Birmingham, UK in 2016 immediately following the Brexit referendum. The exhibition aims to describe the context of the relationship between art and politics, and to highlight the impact of policy actions in visual art in the Czechoslovakian context as well as to create a view of the changing interpretation of ‘’Czechoslovakian’’ political art during postmodernism and its means of expression.
Selected examples of her curatorial practice include:
THE DIGITAL DIASPORA, STUDIO 44 / DEBRIS ON A LUMINOUS PLAIN, CENTRALA / EASTERN BLOC SONGS, CENTRALA / 100 YEARS, SO WHAT?, CENTRALA / GROUND CONTROL, CENTRALA / FIRN, ASYLUM GALLERY / QAI/CEE, CENTRALA / WHO WANTS TO BELONG IN MY COUNTRY?, ARTICLE GALLERY /