David Riff was born in 1975 and is based in Moscow and Berlin. He studied cultural anthropology at SUNY New Paltz (US) and slavonic studies and art history at the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany). Riff has written widely on the history and present of contemporary art in Russia as an art critic, contributing e.g. to Flash Art, springerin or Moscow Art Magazine. He has translated extensively, his most recent project a forthcoming volume of the work of Soviet aesthetic philosopher Mikhail Lifshitz.
Riff is a member of the workgroup Chto delat/What is to be done? and has been involved in other artistic collaborations such as the Learning Film Group or the Karl Marx School of the English Language. Recent curatorial projects have included the “Bergen Assembly triennial” (2013), the international exhibition “The Potosi Principle” (as a curatorial correspondent), 2010–2011; the “Ural Industrial Biennial” (with Cosmin Costina? and Ekaterina Degot), 2010; and “Auditorium Moscow”, a discussion platform and exhibition (with Ekaterina Degot and Joanna Mytkowska), 2011. Riff is a professor at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.