YCE: Catherine Borra

The brains behind Centre of the Universe, a nomadic art space and website Supercream.

Photograph by Matthew Stone
Catherine Borra is a twenty-three year old curator and journalist. She is one of the beautiful minds behind The Centre of the Universe - a nomadic art space that Catherine founded and runs alongside five others. She is also the woman behind Supercream - an online platform for producing art related projects and ideas. “Curating is a very abstract profession. It allows you to build ideas without any restrictions or expectations of fixed formats. With The Centre of the Universe we are trying to create something that is very flexible, that can adapt itself to the current climate and allow for new cultural productions at large.”

Name a person or organisation that shares your DIY ethos, and explain why.
My friend Matthew Stone I like sharing projects with people, and tangling ideas with others'. Matthew is one of the people I feel really the most comfortable with: he has the most astonishing energy, and mind. We always come from different points of view onto situations, we discuss a lot because we really care. He doesn't leave any space for mediocrity, and I know I can make things grow and happen the best with him.

Send us a picture/video that summarises your view of modern life, and explain why.
I can't find it on the web, but I'd like to put that poster that appears in 'The Dreamers', by Bertolucci. It's Delacroix's Liberty, and they've collaged Marilyn Monroe's face onto it...

Do you think the recession has helped or hindered your creativity? Why?
I don't like to dance around upon all the mess caused by the recession, but in a way I think that it helps to give a bit more perspective on what we want and what needs to be done - at least when it comes to the art scene.
Both Supercream and the Centre of the Universe are independent organizations, so we have profited in our own way from the recession: more empty spaces for our shows, much need for different ways of working... the ground zero is always an exciting place to be in, very free.

Music for a revolution - what song sums up your attitude?
Marat/Sade, which is a song from Peter Weiss' play 'The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade'. Commonly known as Marat/Sade...
Marat we're poor
And the poor stay poor
Marat don't make us wait any more
We want our rights and we don't care how
We want a revolution
Now

What other period inspires you the most, and why?
I could be idealizing this, but I think I'd go for Russia in the early 20th century.

Read more of the YCE feature here.
More Arts+Culture