Kateryna Botanova

Kateryna Botanova was selected for the 2023 Shortlist with Defined by silence.

Kateryna Botanova is a Basel-based cultural critic, curator, and writer from Kyiv, Ukraine. She writes on decoloniality, solidarity, and care with a special focus on artistic practices and societal dynamics in the Global South, Eastern Europe, and Ukraine, in particular. She is a co-curator of multidisciplinary biennial Culturescapes (Basel, Switzerland) and an editor of its anthologies. Between 2010 and 2015 she was a director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Kyiv, as well as a founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Korydor. She is a member of PEN-Ukraine.

Her essays were included in Contemporary Ukrainian and Baltic Art. Political and Social Perspectives, 1991–2021. Ibidem, 2021; Future We Are Longing For. Tempora, 2020; Bridges Not Walls: What Unites Ukrainians. VSL, 2020.