Kate Bortsova, artist in residence

Kateryna Bortsova was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, where she now lives and works. She received her Master of Fine Art from Kharkov National Pedagogical University in 2008 and her Bachelor of Graphic Arts from Kharkov State Academy of Design and Arts in 2007.

Her work has been exhibited from Taiwan and Moscow to Portugal, Spain, France, the U.K. and U.S.A. Both “Graphic Art by Kateryna Bortsova” and “People of Contemporaneity were exhibited at Kharkov State Art museum. In 2016 she won the “Find Your Brilliance” contest of Dell and Mashable, USA. She also won the 2016 Emirates Skywards Art of Travel competition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the cover competition of Oxford University Press, Great Britain in 2012.

As an artist in residence at Jiwar, she is continues the development of her project “Searching for the light”. This series includes images of churches Russia, Macedonia, Serbia, etc. The outstanding monuments of the sacred architecture of Barcelona will be a new stage in the development of the artist’s project.

The notion of “light” has many meanings. That is why as main object were chosen the interiors and exteriors of different churches. Because there are two aspects of the notion of “light” crossed – spiritual and material. The concept of light in its various hypostases can also be seen as protection. By this project artist want to find answers to the questions: What is light? What does the notion “light” mean for everyone? How does each person represent “light” for himself? …

Throughout the whole life a talented person shall pass a difficult and even a suffering way which may be related either to external events or to comprehension of the individual self. An artist creates its own image of the world and therefore it correlates its imaginations with the common laws of universe. We know that each way shall lead to the temple but the temple may be erected inside the human’s soul.