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Katharina Sieverding

Katharina Sieverding

Exhibition
K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
Düsseldorf
2024
Katharina Sieverding, MATON I/1, 1969–1972
Photo © Katharina Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst 2023 © Klaus Mettig

Katharina Sieverding, MATON I/1, 1969–1972 Photo © Katharina Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst 2023 © Klaus Mettig

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is honouring the work of the internationally acclaimed photographic pioneer and critical voice of Katharina Sieverding (*1941 in Prague) with a comprehensive exhibition. Active since the late 1960s, the multi-award-winning artist has been using her work to pose fundamental questions about identity, gender and race, but also about the power of images and social responsibility.

With her monumental works, which can be categorised as performance, body art and experimental film, she has added a new dimension to the artistic field of photography. Katharina Sieverding understands the medium as a sculpturally formable and transformable material that should ideally expand into an interdisciplinary way of thinking and working and is always already linked to political commentary.

Thus, it is only logical that her exhibition at K21 will also extend into the public space. In addition to a new work and central works from her creative output spanning five decades, the artist’s extensive archive will also be included in the exhibition for the first time, providing a forum for thought and discourse.