Galerie Christian Lethert
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ENCODE V 2006 | 03.11.2006 – 06.12.2006

Born in Prague in 1944, Katharina Sieverding has made a major contribution to opening up the concept of art and to interdisciplinary medial practice. Since the 1960s she has been working both in film and photography, using extremely large formats to construct, deconstruct and reconstruct her own portrait, gaining international acclaim by asking challenging questions of the politics of representation, gender and postcolonialism. Her work has frequently triggered debates on contemporary society, politics, social and cultural issues, one example being her poster installations “Deutschland wird Deutscher” 1993 and “Die Pleite” 2005 in Greater Berlin. Katharina Sieverding firmly believes that a responsible contemporary artistic practice must be politically committed, and that artistic practice has the task to develop complex positions that not only represent the accelerated processes of the present, but also critically reflect upon them.
GALERIE CHRISTIAN LETHERT will show recent photographs by Katharina Sieverding under the title ENCODE V 2006. The exhibition consists of 15 large-sized photographs, thereof 13 with the dimensions of 125 x 190 cm or 190 x 125 cm and Encode 14/15 with the dimensions of 275 x 375 cm. The source material for the new pictorial constructions derives from a rich pool of photographic documentaries glimpses and examinations. It has been taken during the years 2004-2006, consistently using the same camera and films. ENCODE V 2006 is a critical, context-based technique addressing major cultural issues in a visual way. Each picture creates space and place for thoughts about representation/interpretation, fact/fiction, masking/ demasking, in the art world, culture and production of photographic art. On the occasion of the exhibition the gallery published the catalogue Katharina Sieverding: ENCODE I-XV 2006. Deluxe edition available.
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