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Takeover: #110 - Katarina Juriric

Katarina Juriric: Instagram / Website

#110 (20/4 - 26/4 2020) written by Anisa Demirci and Cheyenne Pattiwaël

Katarina graduated in Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague last year. Before that, she studied Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb. This has influenced her work, because as she herself said, she realised how there is no objective truth since there is no singular definition of reality. Therefore, she found her interest playing with malleable qualities of reality and using photography to offer new versions of it.

The simple, mundane things such as reflection of light, inspire her. Her experiences are translated into artworks. Art is the form in which Katarina expresses herself and exercises her thinking. It is something that fulfils her.

Making art starts by re-enacting remarkable situations that Katarina has seen or experienced, so she could experience it again. She experiments with different techniques and materials, until she makes something that feels just right. Usually the results are surprising, something she could have not anticipated.

However, there is always a strong emphasis on color and the work aims to make you feel good after looking at it. Katarina tries to evoke an emotional response, aiming for pleasant experiences. By doing so, she guides the viewer out of reality and into feelings of warmth, colour and light. She views this as the cathartic quality that art possesses and should be practiced more often. To her, the experimentation process and the final outcome are some sort of therapy as well.

Katarina works with installations, combining photographs and sculptural forms. Together, they make a living image, something which expands into the whole space. The work and the space befriend each other, a harmony is formed between them, and they become one. The initial space is transformed into something else, left unrecognizable.

“I simply want to create a situation in which an artwork becomes a really pleasant experience, like catharsis. I think art should be cathartic’’.

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