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January 14, 2021

IED Alumni: Irina Bondarenko

Irina was born in Odessa where she worked as a logistic manager for a company she had founded. The logistic company became the realization of my dream about self-made, successful and developing person” she affirms “It was a sort of challenge to myself.”

However, Irina has always been a dreamer and – after having built a successful company – she decided to completely change her life and follow her passion.

Irina enrolled in the Master Course of Arts Management “the previous specialization in Organization Manager” she recalls “and the management experience that I got from owning a successful company became the connection between the past in the logistics and the future in the art field”.

She continues The education program was very intense and dynamic, we had classes from Monday to Friday from 10.00 till 17.00. Theory was immediately supported with practice while home tasks, participation in international projects and constant group work demanded constant involvement into the education process. Every day was special, full of new knowledge, meetings, places and impressions. It is completely impossible to choose one most remarkable thing!”

The Master Course in Art Management helped Irina to widen her horizons – from the ability to think within one organization up to universal scale. “Global thinking, creativity, individuality and innovation are the best description of IED. I learnt to see the project in general, as the final product, and at the same time to structure all its elements”. 

Moreover, she found the “learning by doing” approach extremely valuable : “teachers are the real best specialists currently working in their fields, therefore they share not only theoretical knowledge but their real, actual experience”. In particular, she could participate in creative workshops and visit private collections, galleries, museums, exhibitions, art-residencies, foundations, auctions and the Biennale. “We always had the possibility to see the life behind the scenes, ask direct questions and always to get honest sincere answers” she confesses.

After graduating, using the knowledge learnt during the course, she presented a project called VERUM IN GRANO by a famous Ukrainian photographer Igot Gaidai in Kamera, a Kiev gallery. Then she followed the project to the international forum Grain & Maritime Days in Odessa.