Kasia Sobucka, a founder of Arts Territory, is a cultural producer and curator whose primary interest lies in the political and social implications of identity, which she regards as depending on a complex mix of factors rather than being defined exclusively by birth or residence.
In her practice she concentrates on themes to do with geophysical boundaries, territories, maps and landscapes, and is interested in exploring the theoretical aspects of journeying, within the frames of art history and contemporary art practice. Recently she has focused particularly on themes of diaspora, exile and the slippage between home, belonging and location. Less theoretically, she is interested in the innovative role art professionals might play in local communities while maintaining crucial connections to internationally relevant dialogues in contemporary art. Kasia holds a BA (Hons) degree in Art History from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central St Martin’s, London. In 2014 she led the multi-part curatorial project Foreignness of Sound at the ICA and two other London venues, and co-organised and co-curatedNon-Static Depiction, a Finnish residency and exhibition series. Her subsequent curations include Myth (Artisterium, Tbilisi, 2015); Hunger Is/Isn’t, an Object(Karolina Brzuzan’s performative project for the 2016 Kochi Muziris Biennale); A Day of Learning(Diaspora Pavilion, Venice, 2017); and How to Talk to Fascists, a series of live events given during the opening of the 2018 Liverpool Biennale. She also curates experimental music and performance for the Jazz and Experimental Music from Poland festival she initiated in 2012 and is currently working on The Illusion of Return, a commission-based project supported by a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Between 2017 and 2018 she was one of 10 selected curators to take part in the 22-month Beyond the Frame professional development programme led by International Curators Forum, London.