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Katerina Husar Lazarova


Exploring Identity and Belonging

As an artist, I've always believed in the power of creativity to transcend barriers and initiate conversations that touch the very core of our shared human experience. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in the (WHAT IS) BELONGING Group Exhibition organized by You Belong Here, which created a space that not only celebrates diversity and inclusion but also delves deep into the myriad ways in which individuals connect with their sense of belonging. In this blog post, I am excited to share my reflections on the exhibition, focusing on the art piece I contributed.

(WHAT IS) BELONGING Group Exhibition was a vibrant tapestry of artistic expression, carefully curated by Alejandro Martinez to showcase the unique perspectives of artists from various backgrounds. The exhibition served as a platform for engaging in a dialogue about identity and belonging. This conversation holds profound significance in today's dynamic world.

My contribution to the exhibition was a piece called "Everything is Connected," which tells the story of my transformative journey from my roots in the Czech Republic to San Diego. This extraordinary adventure exposed me to the rich tapestry of diversity and deeply influenced me with a kaleidoscope of cultures and perspectives. This painting is my visual testament to the understanding that despite our differences, there exists a profound and universal connection resonating at the depths of our souls. The lines delicately formed by a string, intricately woven across the four panels, symbolize connections between individuals from varied backgrounds.

Detail of acrylic painting called Everything is Connected

Creating this artwork was a deeply personal endeavor, and I aimed to invite viewers to reflect on their own sense of belonging amidst the ever-evolving landscape of our lives. It's an expression of my belief that through genuine communication and interaction, we can collectively unearth a deeper comprehension of the world, bringing these hidden connections to the surface and fostering a sense of unity that transcends borders and backgrounds.

Stepping into the exhibition space, I felt a sense of community and inclusivity that went beyond the typical gallery experience. The diverse range of artworks created a rich tapestry of narratives, celebrating cultural diversity and challenging societal norms. It was heartening to see visitors finding something relatable in each piece, creating an environment where differences were not only acknowledged but celebrated.

Participating in this exhibition was a transformative experience that reaffirmed my belief in the ability of art to shape meaningful conversations around identity and belonging. In a constantly evolving world, shows like these play a crucial role in fostering inclusivity and celebrating the unique stories that each artist brings to the table.

As I continue my artistic journey, I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to a space that goes beyond a traditional art showcase. The (WHAT IS) BELONGING Group Exhibition stands as a testament to the collective power of creativity, reminding us that, in the realm of art, everyone truly belongs.


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