Katya Lesiv was born in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine, and currently lives and works between Finland and Cyprus. She holds an MA from Kyiv’s National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture. In her work, Lesiv touches upon notions of physicality, emotional and sensory experiences, and motherhood. Her work takes many different forms, encompassing artist books, objects, installation, photography, drawing and video.
A note from the artist:
Rada is the name of my daughter. In Ukrainian, Rada means “happy” or “satisfied”. The photographic series I am. Rada / Я Рада, is my way to return to the feeling that lies at the root of my relationship with my daughter. It’s a way of witnessing the changes in my body and the body of my child. Starting from my pregnancy I’ve felt an intuitive, physical need to document my present state. The distance created by the act of photography has also given me a sense of stability and relief. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, I have lived through the experience of war primarily through motherhood. This is potentially a great vulnerability, but also a great strength. The feeling of presence in motherhood turned out to be a very powerful support.
The exhibition will close on the 7th of December with a small drink from 15:30 to 17:00 attended by Lesiv herself. You won’t want to miss it!