Ksenia Afonina

Ksenia Afonina

Born in St Petersburg, Russia, Ksenia Afonina is an independent curator and researcher of art of the Second World War. Ksenia completed her initial training in Russia, followed by further studies in Germany and the UK. For her MA thesis in Arts Policy and Management she researched art and cultural memories of the Second World War in Russia, and is predominantly interested in the art, histories and biographies of unofficial artists who worked outside state sponsored schemes. Ksenia has organised and curated a number of art exhibitions and cultural projects: Art at the Front, 2013, 2016; Art and Endurance in the Siege of Leningrad, 2017; Dual Perspectives: Second World War Drawings by Architects-Veterans from Russia and Britain, 2016, 2017; Elena Marttila’s Retrospective: A Moment between the Past and Present, 2018; and is currently working on a publication dedicated to the unofficial artists of the Eastern Front. Ksenia also provides support and consultancy services for cultural projects and creative enterprises, as well as promoting contemporary artists. She is a Chair of Trustees of the Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society