We are happy to announce the exhibition ‘Dream Walkers’ of Katerina Belkina at Direktorenhaus from the 1st October to 26st of November 2021.
In the time of Romanticism thinkers kept dreaming of a world where material essence would be under control of the spirit. They were very loyal to an ideal. Nature, love, fantasy just as well as science – were the ways of perception and discovery of the human being. Comprehension of the world via its own self-understanding. A fairy-tale can be treated as nothing else but an instrument of understanding and a source of inspiration at the outset of a „Lebensweg“ of each and every one of us. Heroes of my project are: wanderers, searchers of truth and absolute happiness. Katerina Belkinas interpretation of their characters varies from the common view accepted in the modern culture especially in terms of variety of undertones. In her artistic research she based her position on an idea of metaphysical dualism, where good and evil are inseparable and are presented in one and the same person in full.
Early on Katerina Belkina knew about her exceptional talent to see the world through different eyes. Born in Samara in the southeast of European Russia, she was brought up in an creative atmosphere by her mother, a visual artist. Her education as painter at the Art Academy and from 2000 at the school for Photography of Michael Musorin in Samara gave her the tools to visualize her ideas. Exhibitions of her sublime, mystic self-portraits ensued in Moscow and Paris. In 2007 Katerina Belkina was nominated for the prestigious Kandinsky Prize (comparable to the British Turner Prize) in Moscow. Recently she got the Hasselblad Masters Prize. Currently she lives and works in Werder (Havel) near Berlin.