Vladimir US (1980), artist and curator based in Chisinau, Moldova, founding member of Oberliht Young Artists Association (http://oberliht.org). He studied art, curating, cultural management and cultural policy in Chisinau, Grenoble and Belgrade.
Beginning in 2000, under the umbrella of Oberliht Association, he initiated and is coordinating several cultural platforms in collaboration with artists, architects, curators, activists, researchers and cultural workers from across the region, among which [oberlist] mailing list (information gateway for arts and culture from Moldova): https://lists.idash.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/oberlist, Postbox Magazine - literature, art & attitude: http://plic.oberliht.org, KIOSK AIR - international artist-in-residence program: http://chiosc.oberliht.org/air, Zpace - independent arts & culture scene from Moldova: https://zpatiu.wordpress.com
Through his art and curatorial work he aims to create better access to culture for socially marginalized groups, stressing the need for spatial justice and inclusive urban environment in post-soviet cities. By inviting artists to repurpose various areas in the city, an alternative network of public spaces in Chisinau is being conceptualized.
His cultural activism work is focused on development of the public spaces as part of democratic infrastructure of the city, but also on development of the higher art education curricula through introduction of the new artistic practices and theoretical modules, as well as on building a resilient independent culture scene in Moldova and in the region.
Since few years he is passionate about velo-culture and long-distance cycling, and he is actively supporting the growth of the bicycle movement as an alternative to the motorized means of transportation in urban areas.