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Contemporary German artist Katja Liebmann is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, the Kunsthochschule Berlin and the Academy of Fine Art, Nuremberg who first gained critical acclaim for her low tech camera series Gotham City, which was acquired by the Saatchi Collection. Katja describes herself as a ‘painterly soul’, citing Rembrandt, Turner, Poussin, and Titian as her inspiration. On a quest for beauty and harmony, seeking order from chaos, her images are characterised by a softness and longing which she likens to German Romanticism.

The work of Katja Liebmann records the energy, isolation and alienation of urban life whilst maintaining a reflective, dreamlike quality. Much of her work is printed using low tech nineteenth century processes, such as the Gotham City pieces which were created with the Van Dyke process. The negative is contact printed using sunlight to produce rare and timeless photographs. The Journeys and Dwellings series feature cyanotype prints, one of the oldest photographic processes. The blue tone of the cyanotype prints on textured etching paper enhances the romance of the images; heavy raindrops are blotted onto the hazy scenes outside and shadowy trees float against vast stone facades. Katja’s use of this early photographic technique is not a sentimental choice however; for her it simply presents the best means to portray the ephemerality of time and existence.

Katja Liebmann was nominated for the 1998 Citibank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize) and was awarded the prestigious DAAD scholarship in 1995. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Royal College of Art, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Charles Saatchi Collection, London; the LzO Art Collection, (Landessparkasse zu Oldenburg), Oldenburg; the Bishkek Art Centre, Kirgisien; and the Omsk Museum of Visual Arts, among others.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2019

HackelBury Fine Art, London, Early Works

Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, looking back

2018

HackelBury Fine Art, London, Twenty

2017

Gallery Berlinicke, Wildeshausen

2015

The 22th Annual Artshow, Westwerk, Leipzig

Gallery Lake, Oldenburg, solid sleep

2014

Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, nature

Museum for industrial Culture, Nuremberg, A gram of light

2013

Museum for Art and Art History, Oldenburg, Green Art 2

2012

Artothek, Oldenburg, new works

Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, blue leafs

2010

Bremer Landesmuseum / Pelzerhäuser Emden, Sehnsuchtsorte II

Gallery Herold, Bremen, Journey / Dwellings

Art Gallery Wilhelmshaven, Destination Wilhelmshaven

Omsk Museum of Visual Arts, (with Goethe-Institute Novosibirsk), Reverse

HackelBury Fine Art, London, Journey / Dwellings

2009

Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, German Landscapes

Art Society Vechta, German Landscapes

Museum for Art and Art History, Oldenburg, Bright Spots- current positions and aesthetic experiments

Goethe Institute Ankara, the space between man and camera

Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Genius loci, VI. Novosibirsk Graphic Art Biennial ´09

2008

Bishkek Art Center, Kirgisien, Crossroads. Nomadic knowledge and art strategies, (Sp. by IFA and Goethe Institute)

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Truth is what connects us, (on the occasion of the Karl Jaspers year 2008)

2006

Art Society Oldenburg (Oldenburger Kunstverein), Echt, work from 1993-2006

2005

Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, London Bilder

2002

Charles Saatchi Gallery, London, Landscapes, Part II

HackelBury Fine Art, London, 100% Photography

Flowers East, London, St James Group Photography Prize 2002

2001

HackelBury Fine Art, London, Berlin 328

Goethe Institute, London, Berlin Ornaments

2000

Hasselblad Centre, Goeteborg, Modern Times III

Sotheby’s, London, Contemporary Art Exhibition,

1999 

Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery, Inspirit

Photographers Gallery, London, Londinia

The Lux Center, London, LEA Gallery, Eyes of March

1998

Victoria Miro Gallery, London, Urban Landscapes

The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Citibank Photography Prize, with Andreas Gursky, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Thomas Demand

1997

National Portrait Gallery, London, The John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award,

Shoreditch Town Hall, London, Gloves Off!

1996

David Hockney Gallery, R.C.A.London, Liquid

Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rouen, Palimpsest Berlin

Cityhall, 6tharrondissement, Paris, Palimpsest Berlin

 

Awards & Honors

2002

Shortlisted for St James Group Photography Prize

2000

Stipendium of the Hasselblad Foundation, Goteborg, Sweden

1998

Shortlisted for the Citibank Photography Prize 1998, London

1997

Deloitte & Touche Prize for Excellence, R.C.A, London

John Purcell Paper Prize, London

1996

Renaissance Art Award, Aylesbury / London

1995

DAAD Scholarship, Berlin

 

Selected Publications

2014                A gram of light, catalogue

2009                Bright spots / Licht Blicke, catalogue

2009                German Landscapes, catalogue

2010                Destination Wilhelmshaven, catalogue

2001                 I am a Camera, catalogue

1999                 Hasselblad Centre #9, catalogue

1998                 New Neurotic Realism, catalogue

1997                 The Citibank Photography Prize, catalogue