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Catherine Gfeller was born in 1966 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. She currently lives and works in Paris and Southern France after having lived in New York from 1995 to 1999. After her Master in Fine Arts in 1991 at the Universities of Neuchâtel and Lausanne, she devotes herself to photography. She travels to many different continents (Europe, South Africa, Asia, South America, North America) to create large landscape triptychs (“A Matter of Landscape”). In 1995, she receives a grant for a one-year residency in New York. There, she develops a printing technique which combines paper, monoprint and photography on the theme of urban landscape ("Urban Friezes").
In 1999 she is invited for a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and receives the Photography Award from the HSBC Foundation. Paris inspires a new work (“Multi-Compositions”), focused on metaphorical urban subjects using various media: video, sound and the written word. Intimate spaces and daily gestures create new multi-layered compositions where urban rhythms still resonate as an acting presence (“The Insiders”, “Chimeras”, “Domestic Pieces”, “Waders”).
In 2010-2012 her monographic exhibition "Pulsations" is hosted by Museum of Fine Arts La Chaux-de-Fonds, Museum of Fine Arts KKL Luzern and Center of contemporary Arts Sète.
Recent Projects:
2013: Film"Words of Artists/Portraits of Artists" (87 Min.), Swiss contemporary art, produced by Richard Dindo and Swiss Television RTS Zürich.
2014: Residency and exhibition at WAM Museum in Johannesburg.
2015: Dozen of artistic projects combining installation, performance, photography, video, radio and soundwalk the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern (architect: Renzo Piano).
She currently works on the project "Voices in Kiev" for the Shevchenko National Museum in Kiev (2017) and on "Guangzhou Driftings" for the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou (2018).

Catherine Gfeller has exhibited extensively in Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Chile, Canada, the United States, South Africa. Her work belongs to private and public collections in Switzerland, France, England, Italy, Germany, Japan, Belgium and the United States. She regularly takes part in Art Fairs, such as ArtBasel, Kunst Zurich, Armory Show, la Fiac, Ljubjana Biennale and Art Bruxelles.
Parallel to her exhibitions, Catherine Gfeller is invited to give lectures and workshops in universities and produces large-scale commissions for public spaces.

Shimmering images, inverted worlds: is the city moving or the viewer and - if both - who is quicker, more authentic, more fleeting? Catherine Gfeller’s photographic and video work is based on incessantly pulsating urban landscapes. The artist is interested in the symbiotic relationship between mankind and the environment, peering behind the anonymous façades of buildings and exposing intimate living spaces. Speed, exhileration and indulgence: "The only form of stability can be found in being ‘lulled by the loop’, as if caught up in the unfathomable trance of repetition." 
Catherine Gfeller incorporates people, buildings, bridges, windows, cars and every other fixture of urban life into her photography.  She walks through cities with her camera in hand, snapping pictures of architecture and pedestrians in their surroundings. There is a sense of immediacy to the images - a capturing of the photographerʼs own sudden intrigue with momentary scenes, leaving little time for careful composition and positioning. Gfellerʼs work truly emerges back in her studio where she chooses a single or numerous images which she duplicates, layers and arranges into linear, geometric compositions tweaking and adjusting every element.  The fractured and repeated images create bold, rhythmic photographs that echo the lively cadences of the city. Single scenes that are repeated a dozen times in the same piece capture a fleeting moment and become ruminations on the passage of time. Many of the photographs are populated with anonymous pedestrians, superimposed one over another, over another, like memories of previous moments layered over the present. Catherine Gfeller does not just quietly observe and distantly photograph the places she visits. She is totally immersed in these cities and is literally traversed by their vibrations. Gfellerʼs montages suspend time and space, offering new versions of the realities she records with her camera.