Katya Gorker was born in Moscow, in the former Soviet Union, on the day Chairman Mao died. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1981, at the tail end of the cold war. As a Russian immigrant grappling with cultural identity, Katya has always been sensitive to language and the complexities of translating personal experiences. This sensitivity has informed both her artistic process and teaching practice.

She received her BFA in Filmmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art and her MFA   from Temple University in 2012.

Her interests in film range from the immediacy of digital media’s impact on time and collective memory to personal ethnography and the shifting boundaries of cultural identity.


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