Dasha Zhukova is the founder of the IRIS Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and development of contemporary culture throughout the world. Through IRIS, Zhukova launched the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, which has become the city’s most prominent venue for modern and contemporary art. Formerly housed in Konstanin Melnikov’s Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, the Garage will relocate to Gorky Park in a new building designed by Rem Koolhaas’ Office of Metropolitan Architecture in 2013.
In addition to her work with non-profits, Dasha Zhukova has been involved in a number of successful business ventures in the fashion and design fields. In 2006, she co-founded the fashion label Kova & T with her childhood friend Christina Tang. Throughout 2009 and 2010, Zhukova served as Editor-in-Chief of POP Magazine. Creating a nexus between the worlds of art and fashion, her editorship featured collaborative covers between Damien Hirst & Tavi Gevinson, Richard Prince & Abbey Lee and Takashi Murakami & Britney Spears. In 2010, she was named Creative Director & founding partner of the startup art discovery website, Art.sy.
In September 2011, Zhukova launched the latest extension of the Garage CCC, Garage Magazine, a publication with a strong creative voice that facilitates projects that transcend the bricks and mortar of the Garage’s physical space and showcases ideas to a wider, international audience. Garage has featured contributions of the most interesting and influential personalities in art, fashion, entertainment, politics and literature.