Olga Kolotylo is a first-generation Ukrainian-Canadian art historian, educator, curator, and visual artist. Olga’s areas of research include performance art, consumer culture, the intersections of art and fashion, and the development of the conceptual art movement. She holds a Master’s Degree focused in Art History and Curatorial Practices in Visual Culture from York University. Olga is currently interested in notions of space and navigation, material culture, contemporary sculpture, and new media.
As a researcher with a curatorial focus, Olga has written about the work of Jana Sterbak, Ana Mendieta, Teresa Margolles, and Sophie Calle, among others. She has curated exhibitions at Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Eleanor Winters Art Gallery, and Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture. Olga’s chosen artistic practice is rooted in writing and abstract drawing, which evolves from the process of archiving, meditating, and walking.
At present, Olga is serving her third term as Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University and working as a Copywriter for the Art Canada Institute. She has recently volunteered on the Board of Directors for Factory Media Centre, where she assisted with public programming. Previously, Olga has collaborated with Toronto/Berlin-based performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex, where she worked to create site and social-specific performance events, gallery installations, and print/digital media to foster dialogue and dismantle barriers between individuals of all backgrounds by bringing people together in new and unusual ways. Olga is passionate about learning through art and community engagement.