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Marina Belobrovaja

Writer & director

Marina Belobrovaja was born in Kiev. In the wake of the nuclear disaster in nearby Chernobyl, the family moved several times until they left the Soviet Union for Israel immediately after the dismantling of the Iron Curtain in 1990. At the age of 19, Marina’s desire to study fine arts led her to Berlin to study at the University of the Arts and later at the Zurich University of Art. In 2012, she traveled back to Ukraine for the first time for the shooting of her first film Warm-Glow, in which she accompanies a group of Swiss politicians, journalists, and tourists to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. In 2013, she decided to become a single mother. In her recently released film Our Child she describes her journey of having a child with the help of a sperm donor.

Today, Marina lives as an artist and filmmaker with her daughter, Nelly, in Zurich. In her multimedia projects, she deals with socio-political issues, such as production and consumption conditions, national belonging, and biopolitics, as well as the strategies and methodologies of artistic practice. She has been teaching and researching at the Lucerne School of Design & Art for over 10 years,and in 2018, she completed her PhD on contemporary engaged art form in Switzerland at the Linz University of the Arts.