Being brought up in Moscow I have always been inextricably drawn into the cultural interconnection between East and West, as I was born on the geographical cross of the two, and how visual and material culture influences on the perception of one another. My interest was enlarged with the studying in the oldest and most respected center of Oriental Studies in Russia and further combined with various working experience in visual arts in Shanghai. With no experience I managed to enter the art world and have made significant steps on this path: I was part of the team that made James Turrell's first retrospective in Asia, organized an exhibition in New York gallery Metro Pictures, was an assistant of the guy who is now a director of David Zwirner gallery. It wasn't an easy way, I got to work really hard, went through a lot of doubts and difficulties, cultural differences, problems with language (I speak mandarin) etc. I love what I do but I don't want to be stuck, and in the beginning of this year I felt the need to make a further step. Studying MA in a good Uni in the capital of the Western civilization seemed a right choice, so I applied to University. I received an offer to study in NYU this spring, and I couldn't have been more excited. But it's not a secret that sudying in such place is extrememly expensive and you are not getting rich working in art industry, so I need help to fund my study in NYU.