ABOUT THE BOOK
Photography merges with painting - the Russian artist Katerina Belkina uniquely combines forms of visual art with digital image processing in her works. An illustrated book with an art-historical discourse. The focus of her work is always the person, mostly the woman. Belkina herself has three roles: she is motif, director and visual artist at the same time. Based on feminist principles, the Russian artist shows everyday life from a female perspective, whereby the woman is not depicted as an object, but primarily as energy. In her series of images "Not a Man's World" she confidently presents herself smoking a pipe and with a raised index finger. Belkina does not want to denounce, however, but rather seeks answers to the question: Who is she as a woman, artist, mother or as a member of a society?
About the Artist
Early on, Katerina Belkina (*1974) 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 a creative atmosphere by her mother, a visual artist. Her education at the Art Academy and the Michael Musorin School of Photography in Samara gave her the tools to visualize her ideas. Exhibitions of her sublime, mystic self-portraits ensued in Moscow and Paris. Katerina Belkina was nominated for the prestigious Kandinsky Prize (comparable to the British Turner Prize) in Moscow in 2007. She won the International Lucas-Cranach-Prize in 2015 and the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award in 2016. Currently she lives and works in Werder (Havel).
Photography merges with painting - in her work, the Russian artist Katerina Belkina uniquely combines traditional painting techniques with digital image processing. An illustrated book, a survey of her work, will be released by KOCMOC - Publishing Space in October of 2020.
When viewing Katerina Belkina's paintings, you cannot discern what medium you are looking at - photography or painting. Using a digital brush, the Russian artist lends her photographic images a weightless and dreamlike atmosphere that elevates the image to an expanded, altered reality. In doing so, she creates a unique genre of her own. The trilingual (German, English, Russian) illustrated book - "Katerina Belkina - My Work Is My Personal Theatre", which is due to be released on October 15th by KOCMOC Publishing, presents for the first time the artist's work in an art-historical context.
People - primarily women - have always been the centre of Belkina's work, where she casts herself simultaneously as the subject, the director of the mise-en-scène, and the artist. Led by feminist principles, she shows everyday life from a female perspective, whereby she portrays the woman as an object but, above all, as energy. In her series "Not a Man's World", she presents herself smoking a pipe and raising her index finger with self-confidence. Belkina, however, does not want to denounce, but instead seeks answers to the question: who is she as a woman, an artist, a mother, or a member of society?
Katerina Belkina grew up with her mother, also an artist, in the European south-east of Russia. During this period, she adopted the visual vocabularies of the Renaissance and socialist realism. They became the basis of her pictorial language, typical for which are artificially exaggerated photorealistic images that draw close associations with hyperrealism. In addition to essays on Belkina's work, the book will include an interview with the artist, in which she talks about her work and her creative practices.