Katharina Sieverding

Nov 1, 2024 — Mar 3, 2025

  • Titelbild Cover image: Katharina Sieverding, MATON I/1, 1969–1972, Schwarz-Weiß-Fotografie 29,7 × 21 cm © Katharina Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst 2023, Foto: © Klaus Mettig, VG Bild-Kunst 2023

With this major survey exhibition, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen honors the artistic work and critical voice of Katharina Sieverding (b. 1941 in Prague), an internationally recognized pioneer of photography. Since the late 1960s, the award-winning artist has used her work to raise fundamental questions about identity, gender, and race, as well as the power of images and the social responsibility they entail.

Her monumental works, which can be categorized as performance, body art, and experimental film, have added a new dimension to the medium of photography. She understands photography as a sculpturally malleable and transformable material that must be expanded into an interdisciplinary way of thinking and working and that is ultimately always linked to a political statement.

In view of this, it is only logical that her exhibition at K21 will also extend into the public space. In addition to a new work and key works from her creative process spanning more than fifty years, her extensive archive will be included in the presentation for the first time as an open space for thought and discourse.

The exhibition is being made possible by NATIONAL-BANK AG, and is supported by the Kunststiftung NRW.

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