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Forum expanded Talk and Show
Episode 2: Materiality - Conversations
08.02.  14:00 - 17:00 Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart (admission free)

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Sieverding's work has almost always been an antipode to the traditional definition of photography. In creating her often monumental images, the artist breaks radical new ground both in terms of content and form and uses a multiplicity of technical reproduction processes and a large reservoir of found and self-generated images. In the exhibition Projected Data Images in Galerie Thomas Schlulte, Katharina Sieverding consciously deviates from the technique of showing her images (usually large-format C-prints) as framed photographs. Instead she projects them directly on the wall. She had already used this form of presentation in the early seventies, when she superimposed images to create the peculiarly androgynous representations in the series Transformer. Today, however, Sieverding develops her photographs using much more complicated digital processes that allow her to layer images more exactly on top of one another and to work extremely precisely and almost sculpturally with the smallest details of her large-format images. This leads to photographic visual surfaces that are unusually worked through, the total effect of which is highly interesting in terms of composition, even when viewed at close proximity. The direct projection of images on the wall makes it possible to experience the details, with their depth of color, radiance, and corporality, in a particular spatial tension that is otherwise actually only known in the cinematographic field.

Foto-Film, Germany 1964-2008, DVD, 34 mintes

©Katharina Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst

Courtesy Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

Katharina Sieverding, born 1944 in Prague, lives and works in Düsseldorf and Berlin. International exhibitions include those in the Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, the Kunstsammlung NRW, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Dallas Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the ICA, Boston. In 2004/05 the P.S.1 in New York and Kunst-Werke in Berlin also showed a comprehensive survey of her work.

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