BORA creates 3D artworks that seem to hang in the fragile balance between solidity and aether. These slippery bodies are like any other: unique, embodied, and craving intimacy. Let us explore Bora’s world to slow down and reconnect with our physicality.
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Is there any leading point or guide to your 3D art pieces for their viewers (in the way, how to understand the topic and theme in them) ?

I guess if there is, it is personal for each person who’s experiencing it. I wish to open spaces and perceptions with my work, but I somehow don’t intend to guide because it’s so personal what one can feel while experiencing a piece of art. I wish to create a space where it’s just okay and beautiful to be who you are, with your scars, your marks, your story, your palette of emotions, a place where you can wear your stigmas and feel safe.


What role does physicality play in your work? How is it related to your signature figuration motive of bodies blending into each other?

Physicality and its layers are the core of my universe. I love to sculpt bodies and represent their hidden parts, censored, whispered stories. Invest in the diversity of flesh by manipulating it. I’m trying to deconstruct beauty standards, enter what society considers ugly, or what disturbs because it is taboo. It’s a paradox, because beauty is normative, and censorship is often connected to what we are scared to see, or represent. A naked body doesn’t have to be sexualised; I work with intimacy in order to dismantle this pressure. I believe digital reality has the power to build new narratives about physicality and its representations. 


You are very often the main character in your pieces. What is the main reason why you portray yourself?

It’s true that when I started my artistic adventure, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to work with the body and intimacy. Especially because my life events completely changed how I relate to my body. I needed to knock on its doors, enter it, in order to feel and reconnect with it and redefine its markers. But I love to translate stories of my friends, and people I meet on the way. 

When working with intimacy and the body, it requires time to bond and connects with others, to share and transmit their unique stories. It’s like working in someone’s shell with so many layers to unravel and feel. That’s what I love to do, collect data, body memory in order to transmit skin tales. So in this way yes, I have been the main character because it was the first entrance to the adventure. I was not afraid to confront my own battles and vulnerability in order to experiment, but now I also consider myself a catcher, a vessel; I love to connect with others.


Does your choice of the colour palette in each piece have any specific symbolic meaning? 

I suppose it has an unconscious meaning, but I never tend to conceptualise what I do. It just exists in that moment, because it exists. In this way, I work in a very intuitive manner, where my imagination becomes essential and is a very confrontative space helping me engage in reality. 

Symbolism is very interesting. I’m very fascinated by its history, layers of past meanings, and how these old narratives are still shaping the way we live today. I believe each person has their own symbolism, everything can become a symbol as soon as it resonates within you. And it flows all the time.

What is your main work technique/medium?

I am a multidisciplinary artist, I work with different mediums such as digital, sound, sculpture, painting. They’re all connected, they resonate, vibrate and communicate with each other constantly. It’s fascinating, and I do not divide them, they form a universe with multiple streams and sources.

I don’t really have a technique. For example, within the digital field, I’m self-taught, so my approach is very DIY – I just wanted to dream and give a voice to what felt real and important. It’s a bumpy road where curiosity, love, patience, fluidity and passion are my main allies and probably my main techniques.


What style or artists has influenced you the most, or where would you place your art?

I’m constantly influenced by so many things, signals, people, friends and even unconscious vibrations. I love to be curious, intuitive. I love to read and learn, deconstruct, be contemplative. Nature inspires me a lot. Actually, anything can become fuel for artistic expression. I don’t have a particular style, I surf on all the waves that come, or I jump on them, especially when I don’t get to understand their phenomenons I dive into them. I try to keep myself as alert and open as possible in order to keep on burning.


Since the article is published under the topic “Heavenly Bodies”, how important is the perception of the body within contemporary society and art (or for you personally)?

It is crucial, our bodies are our life companions. They are sacred, all unique, their signals are incredible, their perceptions unspeakable and infinite. I see bodies all the time, it moves me how much our bodies can transmit, communicate through so many forms. They can’t be named in a binary way. They exist beyond, they remain mysterious yet vivid. We move not only in a physical way, we move things from within all the time, through our bodies. We need to create space for it, for ALL bodies, with care and love. Bodies are pressured, neglected, marginalised by many norms, objectification, violence, appropriations. This needs to change, and art can be an ally in that. A space to confront, shake and work towards acceptance.  


You are planning an exhibition soon. Where will it take place? Are you working on any other projects that might interest our readers?

I have the chance to be part of this amazing interactive digital show called “Skin Garden”, curated by Vivian Qu (through the collective Output Field, on the platform New Art City) along with so many beautiful and incredible artists. I really encourage you to go and dive in this experience, composed of three digital rooms you can explore. 

I’m also part of this upcoming Prague exhibition curated by my dear friend Jan Durina, called “PEEL: my tendance was never meant to be a scar”, at Galerie A.M.180, from 15th of July. 

Many more projects are on the way, and I feel so blessed and excited for it all!


BIO / I am a multidimensional artist whose practice spans sound, animation, performance, sculpture and painting. The worlds I create are an expansion of my inner space – they shape and figure the emotions when words sometimes cannot. My universe is an immersion into an organic process, where you can hear a human being and its inner bodily and mental fluctuations. Through my audiovisual universe I explore layers of identity, capture flesh, its core and unconscious mechanisms. My quest is to create and unravel a safe space for digital intimacy, and digital humanism. BORA is a ritual, an attempt on existence. 

I believe in a future where identities and bodies are free to be and can exist without being censored or neglected, oppressed. I believe Art is a vessel for new narratives and activism, in order to shape the future. Digital is a space that needs to be invested to vehicle awareness, and deconstruct normative standards pressuring us. 

BORA is a ritual, an invitation to swallow every particle, smell, sense of your own being, identity without filtering it. Embrace diversity. In flesh resides many censored secrets I wish to listen to and translate. I’m trying to be a catcher. 



Artwork / Bora Murmure – Pauline Canavesio @boramurmure @paulinecanavesio

Interview / Markéta Kosinová

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