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Katharina Mayer looks at people and the ways in which they are represented photographically. In so doing, she addresses the fact that our perception of photographic portraits is always shaped by our own mental images and projections about people. Thus, unlike conventional portraits, Mayer's carefully arranged images of women and children do not seek to reveal her subjects' individual identity. Instead, they frequently capture moments in which people are concealed, disguised or involved in mysterious role plays. Enigmatic and yet richly suggestive, these images conjure up a wide range of memories and associations, and inspire the viewers to find his or her personal interpretation.

At the Goethe-Institut, Katharina Mayer will show the large-scale colour photograph 'Sister' (2002). Exploring notions of similarity and repetition, the work features multiple views of the artist and her sister. Turning towards a neutral background of monochrome green, the two women look away from us so that their faces are barely recognizable. However, it is precisely their elusiveness and anonymity that lends these women an almost magical presence and allure.

Born in 1958 in Rottweil, Katharina Mayer lives and works in Düsseldorf, where she studied photography with Bernd Becher and Nan Hoover. Recent solo shows include the Städtisches Museum, Kalkar (2001), the Zeche Zollverein, Essen (2002) and the Städtische Galerie, Waldkraiburg (2003). Her work has also been exhibited at numerous group shows.

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Katharina Mayer
Photographic Work