Name: Yulia Zherdeva
Place of birth: Samara, Russia
Year of birth: 1978
Areas of Work/Media: art history, environmental art
She has been studying history for 5 years at the Samara State University and successfully graduated it in 2000 with a “Specialist” Degree. Then she obtained a postgraduate education in the Faculty of History at the Samara State University and received Ph.D. in History defense in 2005.
She has won a scholarship of Potanin Foundation at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES) in 2009. Since September 2009 to present she is studying cultural management at the MSSES. Students of this School are awarded the Master of Arts in Cultural Management of the University of Manchester (UK) and the Russian postgraduate state diploma.
Since 1998 till 2001, she has been teaching World Art Culture and History in the Secondary school in Samara.
Since 2001 till 2005, she was working as a Research Associate in the Samara Art Museum. The Samara Art Museum is one of the most prestigious museums in the Volga region. Its collection comprises of the Russian art of the 16th to 21st centuries and also the art of Western Europe, China, Japan and India.
Yulia’s occupation was primarily connected to the museum’s educational program first of all.
Since 2002 till 2005, she was working as an assistant curator in the children’s program “The New Year in Museum”. She participated in the organization of fairy-performances such as “The New Year in Japan” (2002), “The New Year in Holland” (2003), “The New Year in the Old Samara” (2004) and the project “When the eternity’s wind blows…” (2005). In 2004 she was a co-curator and one of the authors of the booklet’s text of exhibition “Theaters Samara”.
In 2006 she was an assistant curator in the project “Theater and the audience: today and tomorrow”. It was the creative competition between students of Samara’s High Schools (The Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts, The State Samara University of Technology, The Samara State University of Economics).
Since 2007 till 2009, Yulia was a Scientific Officer in the Samara Art Museum. She was a curator and coordinator of multimedia presentation of the Samara Art Museum at the “Intermuseum-2008”, the 10-th All-Russian Museum Festival.
Since 2001 till present, Yulia has been working at the Samara State University of Economics and nowadays she is an Assistant Professor. She’s taught an Art History, an Ancient History, a History of Middle Ages and a History of the Ancient Russia.
Her whole activity in the Samara Art Museum and the Samara State University of Economics has connected to the idea of synergies between the citizens and cultural institutions, artists and spectators. Yulia’s students are economists, and it is interested to know how we could involve them to the Museum community, how the curator could create a conversation between these students and the art community. As a Scientific Officer of the Samara Art Museum, she had tried to bring together students of different specialization such as economics, design, mass communication, culturology and to create a connection between students and museum.
In 2008-2009 she was working on a project “The Museum’s practice”. It had shown that such partnership can be very efficient.
In 2008 she was a curator of the project “An Egyptian trace in Samara” in the Samara State University of Economics. Students had walked around the city and tried to find visuals and mental traces in Samara’s architecture, signs, street names, and street symbols of Egypt. It was a semiotic research and it gave us a new comprehension of the city (its metaphysic space).
Yulia took part in several exhibitions in collaboration with artist Alexey Zaitsev. In 2007 she participated in the exhibition “EAU2” in Biblioteca Nazionale Potenza (Basilicata- Italy) in collaboration with a EAN associazione per l'arte contemporanea - Napoli and Spazio Utopia Contemporary Art di Campagna (Salerno). See http://water.overgrass.ru/. In “Web Biennial 2007” (Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum) she was an assistant in Alexej Zaitsev’s project “Un/Dis Cover Road” - a street archeologic photo-project.
Now, they are creating a concept of russian land and environmental art’s web-resource renovation.
She’s participated in more than 15 historical and art conferences, and has about 35 publications but only in Russian.