Special Artist Talk: Taras Polataiko
Tuesday, April 3, 5:30 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta
Featured in the current AGA exhibition REARVIEW MIRROR, Taras Polataiko was born in 1966 in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. He studied painting, art history, and philosophy at the Moscow State Stroganov University of Fine and Industrial Arts, moving to Canada in 1989 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. Polataiko’s public exhibitions include Ukrainian Institute of America (New York); Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral (Frankfurt, Germany); Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland); Soros International Center for Contemporary Art (Kyiv, Ukraine); Art Gallery of Hamilton; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art; Musée d’Art Contemporain; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Museum London; MacMaster Art Gallery; Artspeak Gallery; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; MacKenzie Art Gallery; Dunlop Art Gallery; Mendel Art Gallery (all Canada); Antoni Tapies Foundation (Barcelona, Spain); CAAM (Las Palmas, Spain), Artspace (Sydney, Australia); National Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade, Serbia) and the National Museum of Art (Lithuania). In 2002 Polataiko represented Ukraine at the 25th São Paulo Biennale and in 2009 he participated in the International Incheon Biennale in South Korea and Volta 5: Age of Anxiety in Basel, Switzerland. He is currently based in Lethbridge.
This artist talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition REARVIEW MIRROR: New Art from Central and Eastern Europe at the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the international conference Trans-Aesthetics. Crossing Central Europeorganized by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta.