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Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Fields of operation: Art, Design, Culture
Katharina Sieverding is a world famous artist. For over 40 years she has been working in the field of photography, video and film. After having studied in Hamburg and working as a stage designer for the Salzburger Festspiele and the Burgtheater Vienna among other theaters and opera houses, she went to the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Between 1967 and 1972 she studied sculpture there and became the master-student of Joseph Beuys. Already with her very first photographic series and films Sieverding attracted international attention through radically using portraits of herself in different roles and masks. After traveling through the USA, China and the former Soviet Union, more and more monumental cycles followed, which focused on political issues like the Atomic Inferno, Radioactivity or the Bosnian War and the Mad Cow Disease. Sieverding who in 1997 together with Gerhard Merz represented Germany at the Venice Biennial was teaching as a professor for Visual Culture Studies for almost 20 years at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Questions of identity, authenticity and media projection remain in the centre of her work. In Germany she shows with Munich based gallery Sabine Knust, Thomas Schulte in Berlin and Christian Lethert in Cologne.