Photographer, Documentary and Art

Katerina Kouzmitcheva is a Belarusian photographer, based in Wroclaw, Poland, working at the intersection of genres, documentary and art photography. In her projects she explores the topic of identity-constructive memory, theme of particular places and human interactions with them, issues of feminine gender roles.

Katerina had her bachelor in Business law. She is a graduate of St.Petersburg’s Academy of Photojournalism “Fotografika”. Katerina received a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland. She is the winner in the international photo competitions TIFA and BIFA, a grant holder of the Ministry of culture and national heritage of Poland Gaude Polonia. Her publications could be found in Bird in Flight, Monovisions, Dodho, Regnum UA and other publications.


Education

2019 — 2021 —  MFA in Visual Arts programme at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland  (diploma with excellent mark)

2018 — 2019 — Saint- Petersburg Academy of documental photography and photojournalism “Fotografika”, Russia

2014 — 2018 — Photocourses of Belarussion Designers Union “Photoartist”, photocourses at photoschool Studio67 — FSH1, Minsk, Belarus etc

1998 — 2003 -Belarusian State Economic University, Business Law Faculty


Selected awards, exhibitions, grants:

2022  — Winner of the contest “Pokaż się “. The exhibition will take place at  the 12.Opole Photography Festival, Museum of Opole Silesia, Poland. Upcoming

2022 — Participant of 6. Wielkopolska festival of photography im. I. Zjeżdżałki, Poznań. Group exhibition. Upcoming

2022  — Participant of RYBNIK Photo Festival, Poland (individual exhibition at Chapel of the former Juliusz Hospital). Upcoming

2022 — Shortlisted in Kranj Foto fest, Slovenia. Group exhibition.

2022 — Individual exhibition within the framework of the exhibition “Infinite collection”, presenting competition works in the Academic Design Center (Księży Młyn 13/15, Łódź)

2022 —   Photo Match participant at  Fotofestiwal, Lodz 

2022 — Finalist in the competition WYSTAW SIĘ W CSW in Torun 

Group exhibition WYSTAW SIĘ W CSW (CSW in Torun, ul. Wały gen. Sikorskiego 13, Toruń)  from March 04 to March 27,2022

2022 — Individual exhibition “Locals” at Entropia gallery (Ul.Rzeźnicza 4, Wroclaw), from Feb.17 till March 04, 2022

Radio Wrocław Kultura interview 

2022 — Group exhibition “Zawierucha” at Browar Mieszczański (ul.Hubska 44, Wrocław), from Feb.06 till Feb. 19, 2022

2021-2022 — Group exhibition “The Art Of Transition ‘21. The Best Diplomas Of The Academy Of Fine Arts” (BWA Wrocław Główny, ul. Piłsudskiego 105, Wrocław), from Dec.10,2021 till Feb.06, 2022

2021-2022 — Individual exhibition “Sisterhood” at Łącznik gallery (Ul. Joliot Curie 15, Wroclaw), from Oct.20 till Feb.13, 2022

2021 — Honorable mention and exhibition of the work at international competition “Portret Prawdziwy”, Nowy Tomyśl

2021 — Hamburg portfolio review and exhibition, featured photographer

2021 — Honorable Mention at International MIFA competition for the series “Floating Numbness”

2021 — Group exhibition “Pink or blue?”, Galeria U Agatki (Wyspa Tamka 2, Wroclaw)

2021 — grant holder at “Gaude Polonia” (scholarship programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland)

2021 — Group exhibition “Archiwalia 21”, Galeria Za szafą (ul.Św. Marcina 4, Wroclaw)

2020 — participant of the international conference in artistic research 'Alliances and Commonalities'  at  Stockholm University of the Arts

2020 — Gold winner in the category People-Family and Second Place in the People category at Tokyo international photo awards

2020 — Silver winner of Budapest International Foto Awards (project “Sisterhood”)

2020 — “From Far / From Close (Z Daleka/ Z Bliska)”, group exhibition (project “Overdose”). Presented at virturama.pl, Dec. 2020-Feb. 2021

2020 — Award of excellence in the 75th College Photographer of the Year competition, category “Interpretive project” (project “Parenting”)

2020 — group exhibition “Equation of State”, National centre of Contemporary art in Minsk, Belarus (project Space Yard)

2020 — shortlisted in TIFF Festival 2020 // Processes, Poland (project Space Yard)

2020 — shortlisted in PRAFOTA Project Photography Contest, Belarus (project Space -Time)

2020 — F-Stop Magazine — “Staying Home Together”. Group exhibition

Photos are included into the book Staying Home Together, presented during Trieste Photo Days festival, in Italy, 2020

2020 — F-Stop Magazine — “The Open Theme”. Group exhibition

2019 — F-Stop Magazine — “Issue “Animals”. Group exhibition

2018 - Group exhibition «When we were kids” Minsk, Belarus

2018 — Group exhibition “About love” Minsk, Belarus

2017 — Solo exhibition “Reflections” Minsk, Belarus

2017 — VORTEX PREVIEW. Group exhibiton. Minsk, Belarus

2016 — Honorable Mention at International MIFA competition for the series “Beyond the icerink”


Judging and curation:

2021 — Judge at the Monovisions Photography Award 

2020-2021 — curator of the International photo project “Diary in times of Isolation

2020 — Judge at the Monovisions Photography Award

2017 — Member of Belarusian Public Association of Photographers


Art residencies, mentoring programs, workshops:

2022 — Pix House Documentary Photography MasterclassPoznań, Poland

2022 — Nikon-Noor Academy Workshop, Warsaw, Poland

2021-2022 — Sputnik Photos Mentoring program, Poland

2021 —  Creative Workshop ARTIFAKE: Art Invades Propaganda (an artistic, international project carried out in Poland, Ukraine and Armenia about the spreading disinformation)

2020 — Kaptaruny art residency, Belarus

2020 — Lisa Autogena workshop, Poland (the skill of glass making and design with fine art approaches to cross disciplinary collaboration and socially engaged art)


Publications: 

2022 — ARTELLS Magazine

2022 — MARIKA Magazine

2021 — REBEL Magazine

2021 — SELIN Magazine

2021 — Outlast journal “Pinkipsism”

2021 — Republic Magazine “Sisters”

2021 — Kochamwroclaw.pl

2020 — Privatephotoreview Magazine “COVID -Apogee of  Artificial”

2020 — Bird in Flight Magazine “Space yard”

2019 — Dodho Magazine “MyMuse”

2019 — Dodho Magazine “I had it All

2019 — Edge of Photography Magazine “Sisterhood”

2019 — Monovisions magazine “Dreamy World”

2019 —Edge of Photography Magazine “My Make-Believe Village Life”

2019 — The Village “City trace” part 1

The Village “City trace” part 2

2019 — REGNUM UA “I had it All”

2018 — EU Neighbours “Five women who are changing Belarus

2017 — IMENA Mag “Plush beds”

2017 — IMENA Mag “Again tanchiki”


Lecturer:

2021- present time — Lecturer at AFA/Phobos Wroclaw photoschools


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