Alexander Burenkov (b. 1987, St Petersburg, Russia) is a curator of contemporary art and educational projects, cultural producer and writer based in Lisbon. He is a head of the Curatorial Practices course at the Moscow School of Contemporary Art. He held positions of Curator of the V-A-C Foundation (2014−2016), Chief Curator of the ISSMAG Gallery (2016-2017), Senior curator of the Regional Development of the National Contemporary Art Center Russia (2017−2018), Curator of the Khodynka Municipal Gallery (2019), Curator of Cosmoscow foundation for the support of contemporary art (2019-2020), Artistic Director and Chief curator of Ayarkut foundation (2021-2022). Laureate of the state award in the field of contemporary art “Innovation” (2017) in the nomination “Curator of the Year” for the project “Planned obsolescence” within the framework of the parallel program of the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.
He organized exhibitions, lectures and screenings in various institutions including Porto design biennial (Porto), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, State Ethnographic Museum (St. Petersburg), ART4.ru museum, Lenin State Library (Moscow), Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design, Art Athina fair (Athens), Fragment Gallery, Voskhod Gallery (Basel), HSE Art Gallery, Richter Hotel, ∆ Gallery Triangle, State Polytechnical Museum (Moscow), JART Gallery, Cosmoscow art fair. Burenkov participated in residencies at the Futura Gallery (Prague, Czech Republic, 2018), Luciano Benetton Foundation / Gallerie delle Prigioni (Treviso, Italy, 2019) and Golubitskoe foundation (Krasnodarskiy kray, Russia, 2021). Writer on contemporary art and culture for Artforum, Kommersant Art, Russian Art Focus, Esp, Aroundart, Colta, Artgid, Afisha, Art Magazine, The Calvert Journal, East East, Dialogue of Arts, Afisha, Lookatme, Strelka magazine and others.
At AIR 351 he is working on a project which explores the potential of poetry, sound and performances in joining the dots between climate emergency, queer theory, environmental activism, ancestral knowledge and decolonial approach to challenging climate colonialism in queer transformation and creation of the biodiverse eco-utopia.