Sieverding’s serial photographic works give expression to reflections about identity, gender discourses and the necessary emancipation of the role of the female artist as well as about the current social, political and cultural climate. Her archive is a repository of recollections and knowledge. Mirroring the artist’s themes and subjective perception of current events, it conveys an image of the time.
Since the 1960s, using film and photography, Sieverding has employed her portrait with unparalleled consistency, often blowing it up it to monumental size and manipulating it in myriad ways. In the 1970s, with astonishing prescience, she began to develop her large-format multilayer montages on the state of the world, which were first presented to an international audience at documenta 6 in 1977. But the artist also addresses fundamental questions about art and the conditions of its production and reception. She investigates the relationship between individual and global, microscopic and macroscopic structures. Her creative practice not only reproduces the accelerated visual processes of the present, it also scrutinises them in terms of responsibility, not least her own.
The retrospective exhibition presents a survey of Katharina Sieverding’s serial photographic works from 1967 to today complemented by floor-to-ceiling projections that allow the artist to visualise the innovative power of her archive of images.