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Catrine Val

Born in Cologne/Germany, Val started out her career in Vienna/Austria working in the field of advertising, as a commercial artist. Feeling unfulfilled in this profession, Val fled to the arts, beginning the course of studies at the Art Academy in Kassel/Germany. She eagerly perused her studies there. Upon successful completion of her BA, Val attended post-graduate studies at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. Graduating from there, she worked for 6 years as an assistant lecturer to Bjørn Melhus at the Art Academy in Kassel, in the field of virtual reality, where she further developed her artistic position.

2005 -2011
Assistant Professor, Art Academy Kassel Class of Bjørn Melhus

2001 - 2004
Postgraduate Studies, Degree Course in Media Arts (teachers include Valie Export, Marcel Odenbach and Horst Königstein; tutor, Valie Export) at the Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne
1994 - 2001
Studies Art at the Kunsthochschule in Kassel (Urs Lüthi)

I am very interested in science and pseudo-science, in access to information, in how art is created, so I use my personal "philosophical toys" in an attempt to answer these questions. Part of my interest is pure nostalgia for the past wonders and the circumstances, especially the 19th century. My inspiration is characterized by complexity and internal openness. I try to make my work with elegance and humour and courage to be and think differently. Exploring these stylistic attribution in everyday life without over intellectualising them, instead treating it as a playground without any boundaries. Authentic, fast-thinking reflection of one's life.


I try to realize my work with "poetic irony and refinement". In this sense the inspiration can be understood as ongoing, never ending choreography, of motion, gesture, light, the rhythm, the taste, text and the peculiar attitude to political challenges. I guess it is a daily departure. However, convincing formal solutions, need their own development. These contain a lot more discipline than it would appear on the surface level. Mechanisms and strategies of inspiration are always connected with the cultural history. I integrate the elements of popular culture and everyday life as vehicles for my work.

Exhibitions (Selection)

2015 |11
festival Outono Fotográfico, Ourense, Spain

2015 |11
IDENTITÄT Südflügel Kulturbahnhof , Kassel, Germany

2015 |11
FAB Fabulous, Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest, Kassel, Germany

2015 |11
Feld+Haus Gallery zeigt "FEMINIST " Fotofever, Paris 13th-15th November, France

2015 |11
Trancendence, Lotus Chronicle Metzgalerie , Koblenz, Germany

2015 |10
PhotoVisa 2015, in Krasnodar, Russia

2015 | 10

2015 | 07
Gallery PhBroking, Arles , France

2015 | 06
MUSEfest Paris 2015 , France

2015 | 05
“ENTROPY, I AM AN OTHER“, Kaundu Museum of Fine Arts; Taipei, Taiwan

2015 | 05
“NO SOUL FOR SALE“, FELD+HAUS, Frankfurt; Germany

2015 | 03
“MOSTYN Open 19” Llandudno, UK

2015 | 02
“Festival Circulation(s) 2015, Paris France

2014 | 12
“Philosophers, the lotus chronicle“ Kochi-Muziris Biennale India, India

2014 | 10
PepperhouseResidency 2014, Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, India

2014 | 09
"HOPE & FAITH ", Encontros da Imagem 2014, Portugal

2014 | 05
"Visible White", Celeste Prize 2014, Florenz, Italy

2014| 04 - 05
"Futurology ", Album Cover Manic Street Preachers, Uk

2014| 04 - 05
bangaloREsidency 2014, Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, India

2014| 04
"WE, THE ENEMY" European Media Art Festival, Germany

2014| 04
„HUNGRY STILL“, QUAD Gallery, Derby, England

2014| 04
Reflection—Aesthetical References 8th Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Germany

2014| 04
The International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund| Cologne, Germany

2014| 03
European Prospects Symposium 6 / 7 March, UK


2013 |12
PHILOSOPHERS is selected under the Top-20 of foliPORT

2013 |10
Spezifikation # 1,“HIGH RESOLUTION“, FELD + HAUS, Gallery; Frankfurt, Germany

2013 |10

2013 |10

2013 |10
European 3 Prize of the Jury Film festival „KLAPPE AUF“, Hamburg, Germany

2013 | 09
FIVAC Festival, International Video Art Festival of Camagüey, Cuba

2013 |06
FALSEFAKES, Centre de la photographie Genève, Swiss

2013 |06
FIVAC Festival, in Camaguey, Cuba

2013 |05
HYBRID IDENTITIES - International Art Festival of Photography, Edinburgh, Uk

2013 |05
"European Chronicles - Photography Festival", Cardiff, UK

2013 |04
Internationale Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund / Köln, Germany

2013 |04
"Celebration" Kaunas KAUNAS PHOTO STAR, Lituania

2013 |01
"manoeuvre" Galerie König, Hanau, Germany

FEMINIST is nominated for the German Fotobuchpreis 2013; Germany

2012 | Dez.
ID / Identities, Koza Visual Culture, Istanbul, Turkey

2012 | Dez.
Artist in Residence, Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania

2012 | Dez.
COMMODITY FETISHISM, Video Screening at 29. DokFest, Kassel

2012 | 07
Runners-up, KAUNAS PHOTO STAR 2012, Lithuania

2012 | 07
is published by Kehrer, Heidelberg, Germany

Hardcover, 126 pages, German/English
ISBN 978-3-86828-290-0,
36 Euro

2012 | 05
Shortlisted for the award of the Renaissance Photography Prize London 2012, UK

"Gaze on what i gaze at" Art Museum at The Art Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan

"SECOND LIVES: JEUX MASQUÉS ET AUTRES JE" Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Live Amno, Museum of Contenporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

"HUMAN RIGHTS", Fondazione Opera dei Caduti Rovereto, Italien

" StartUP" Sala Birolli, Verona, Italy

"BIG BANG, Politics of the body" Galerie König, Berlin (Einzelausstellung)

"Bilder auf Abruf. Images Recalled", 3. Foto-Festival, Kunsthalle Mannheim

"Ich bin ein Anderes", Stiftung Starke, Berlin (Einzelausstellung)

"Monkey Up" Plug In, Haus für elektronische Künste, Basel


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