Originally from Kyrgyzstan, Dasha Shkurpela lives in New York and works in painting, drawing and sculpture. She has exhibited her work internationally since 1995. Dasha writes arts criticism and explores the past and present of the former Soviet space through objects that remain. Her essay Dacha is included in Five Ways of Being a Painting, a collection of essays by the 2017 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize winners. Dasha is an alumna of the American University in Central Asia, Central European University in Budapest, Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and the City University of New York Writers’ Institute. Her work can be seen on her website.