Photo Jordan Hutchings, 2014
After graduating in Political Science in 1999 Karine Talec came to Northern Ireland to study Peace and Conflict Resolution. In 2013 she completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Ulster for which she won the Platform Graduate Residency Award. She is currently a practice-led PhD candidate researching Northern Irish performance art in a conflict and post-conflict context, with a focus on processes of empathy and inner/outer transformation.
She is interested in the idea of collective social consciousness, the relationships between personal aesthetic actions and social and political contexts, and the role of empathy within the human, social and cultural contexts of making and encountering art.
She is an active member of Belfast artist-led organisations Pollen Studios and Bbeyond and regularly participates in solo and group performances as a way of exploring ideas around culture, identity and community through experimental and experiential creative (inter)actions.