By Elena Karpilova |
"And then the guys from Territorial Defense asked me to make amulets for them."
Elena Karpilova was born in Belarus in 1987. Since 2022, she has lived in Lisbon, Portugal. From 2005–2009, she studied art at Glebov Art College (Belarus); from 2010–2016 she studied at the University of Culture and Arts (Belarus) as a comparative art critic. She is an art historian, an artist, and the head of an interdisciplinary project for children and youth, the Architectural Thinking School for Children, which now works in Portugal with families of migrants. “Due to a lack of education in the jewelry field in Belarus, I've been studying the subject on my own," she says. "In order to expand the public's understanding of the aesthetics and meanings of jewelry, I have an Instagram account, @Karpilova, where I post my works and also interviews with jewelers from all over the world.”