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Catrine Val

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Catrine Val

Born in Cologne, Germany, Catrine Val (b. 1970) started her career in Vienna, Austria working within commercial advertising design, but then left this to study fine art at Kunsthochschule in Kassel, Germany. After graduating, she worked for 6 years as teaching assistant of Bjørn Melhus in the field of virtual reality, further developing her artistic position.

Catrine Val

Biography

Born in Cologne, Germany, Catrine Val (b. 1970) started her career in Vienna, Austria working within commercial advertising design, but then left this to study fine art at Kunsthochschule in Kassel, Germany. After graduating, she worked for 6 years as teaching assistant of Bjørn Melhus in the field of virtual reality, further developing her artistic position.

Val has exhibited widely across Europe and in Taiwan. In 2012, she was shortlisted for the Renaissance Photography prize and was also a runner-up for the Kaunas Photo Star Prize. Her recent project Feminist has been made in to a hardback book, published in 2012 by Kehrer, Germany and was nominated for the German Fotobuchpreis 2013.

She is represented by FELD+ HAUS.

Portfolio Feminist

Feminist hovers between the realms of fashion and performance, critique and joke. The photographs address the pressure to conform to sexual, societal and cultural stereotypes, combined with commodity fetishism and over-consumption.

‘Catrine Val photographs in Feminist  situations, which in their humdrum nature have become archetypal, myths of the commonplace. The person pictured has radically dropped out of the now. The figure, which we see in these self-portraits, is in no place at no time, the moment shown is impossible.’ Barbara Vinken

Publications

Publications: 

2012 FEMINIST, published by Kehrer

Exhibitions: 

2013 Princesses, Warsaw Photo Days, Poland

2012 Gaze on what I gaze at, Art Museum, The Art Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan

2011 Second Lives, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg

 2010 Images Recalled, Foto-Festival, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany

 2008 Coolhunters, Kunsthalle Budapest,  Hungary

Additional information: 

There are a series of videos in which Val expands upon her work and process. In the video Commodity Fetishism, Val shows the process and effort that goes into making many of her images.

Listen to Val discuss her work, shown as part of the European Chronicles exhibition at Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography.

Watch footage and interviews from the opening of the exhibition at the Kaunus Photo Festival.

In German, Val talks about her works Treap and Ways of Escape, shown in the Second Lives, Jeux masqués et autres Je exhibition at Casino Luxembourg here.