Katharina Sieverding, VII/196/16, 1973 © Foto: Ulrich Dohle, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Katharina Sieverding’s photography work expresses reflections on her own identity. In the serial work on her own face, where often only minimal changes such as lighting and dissolves are visible, aspects of self-reflection are revealed as well as the relationship to the outside. In her portraits everything revolves around making visible minimal, sometimes barely perceptible, differences that divulge themselves from picture to picture. Between change, concentration and focusing, a permanent dialogue is created from image to image, between the object and the camera – and finally with the viewer. For the artist, aesthetic design options that arise from photochemical exposure and developing processes are very important. She claims a high degree of artistic freedom for herself through her personally developed techniques. Katharina Sieverding poses basic questions on the conditions of art production and reception, pointing repeatedly to the extended art definition of her teacher, Joseph Beuys. In Sieverding’s work everything flows together: archival material and collective memory, the personal and the political, provocation and analysis.
Katharina Sieverding was born in Prague in 1944. She lives and works in Düsseldorf.