Katarina Burin’s artwork takes variable forms and is profoundly informed by the history of architecture. With a particular emphasis on Modernism, female architects, and historical documentation, Burin executes drawings, models, collages, and installations, one of the latter of which earned her the Institute of Contemporary Art’s 2013 James and Audrey Foster Prize. The aforementioned installation was conceived around Petra Andrejova-Molnár, a fictitious character who Burin conceptualizes as deeply involved in the development of architectural movements during the early 20th century.
Burin was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, and she lived there until age six, at which time her family relocated to Toronto, Canada. Burin went on to earn fine art degrees from the University of Georgia and Yale University, but her childhood experience living with austere communist structures continues to influence her artistic practice. Burin's work has been exhibited throughout Europe as well as in the United States at New York’s White Columns, Boston’s ICA, and the Aspen Art Museum, among other galleries. She is on the faculty at Harvard University.