Svetlana Boym (b. 1966) is a writer, theorist, and media artist who leads parallel lives.
She is the author of The Future of Nostalgia (Basic Books, 2001), (translations into Serbian, Italian, Polish (partial), Chinese, Hebrew, Turkish, Spanish, forthcoming), the novel Ninochka (SUNY Press, 2003), Kosmos: Remembrances of the Future (with photos by Adam Bartos, 2003), Territories of Terror: Memories and Mythologies of Gulag in Contemporary Russian-American Art (exhibition catalogue, 2006) Architecture of the Off-Modern (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) and Another Freedom: Art, Philosophy, Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
Her recent media exhibits include “Historiar_Imaginar” in Madrid, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, CA2M (2009), “Nostalgic Technologies” (2006 in Ljubljana and Cambridge), “Unforeseen Past” (2007, NYC) and “Skipping the Page” (Book Art Center, NYC). She has contributed to many journals, including Art Forum, ArtMargins, Cabinet, Punto de Vista, Critical Inquiry, Representations, Poetics Today, and Harpers’s Magazine. In yet another life she wrote a play The Woman Who Shot Lenin, performed at the Charlestown Working Theater in Boston.
When not doing art projects, Svetlana Boym teaches in Comparative Literature at Harvard University and is an Associate of the Graduate School of Design. Native of St. Petersburg, Russia, she now lives and works in Cambridge, USA and on svetlanaboym.com.