"The art of Catherine Gfeller has this quality of addressing directly to the public thanks to the diversity of her means of expression.
Her way to look at the world touches the very heart of our lives. The protagonists in her pictures are just like us. Her way of seeing is unique. There are thousands of photographers who deal with urban spaces. But Catherine Gfeller is a musician who gives us the rhythm of the city. In that sense, all of her work is a performance whith her as the conductor." Urs Stahel in L’Hebdo, 25 mars 2015
Catherine Gfeller is a Swiss artist. Born in Neuchâtel in 1966, she lives and works in Paris and in Southern France after having lived several years in New York.
In 1991, she obtains a Master's degree in French literature and Art History as well as a certificate of pedagogical skills (C.A.P.E.S.) from the University of Neuchâtel and then teaches for several years.
She begins photography in the 1980s by devoting herself to landscape photography.
In 1995, she gets a grant to pursue her research in New York, where she lives until 1999. There, she creates the series Urban Friezes, long horizontal compositions, obtained by assembling and superimposing images, giving life to a universe close and far from the reality of the city.
In 1999, she moves to Paris where she received the HSBC Foundation Prize for Photography.
From that moment, the city, taken in a metaphorical sense, is a source of inspiration for many works (Multi-compositions) that combine photography, video and writing. In some series (The Undresses, The Waders, the Insiders) female protagonists are depicted as theirs bodies are immersed in the outisde and inside worlds in a game of multiple interweavings.
In 2010-2011, the monographic exhibition Pulsations is shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Kunstmuseum in Luzern KKL and the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Sète. Visitors are invited to wander through large-scale installations with photographs, videos, sound pieces and multi-projections; they are transported into fictional worlds.
In 2014, after several residencies in South Africa, the WAM Museum in Johannesburg presents her exhibition Passing the City through You.
Throughout 2015, Catherine Gfeller is the guest artist at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. She proposes fifteen interventions combining different media to create a dialogue between Paul Klee's art and Renzo Piano's architecture, including a sound journey exploring the interior of the museum and the surrounding landscape.
After various stays in Ukraine, in 2017 the Shevchenko National Museum of Kyiv invites Catherine Gfeller to show her solo exhibition: Voices in Kyiv. In this project, she presents the work done by accompanying Ukrainian writers through the districts of Kyiv, mixing their interpretations of the city with her own vision in a game of mirrors where reality and fiction meet.
Currently, Catherine Gfeller is involved in a long-term project on megacities in China, focusing her camera on women’s vision in particular. The first part was exhibited at the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou in 2018. Evolving in time through various residencies, China Driftings will be presented in Hong Kong, Chengdu and Beijing during 2025.
Exhibitions in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia,Canada, England, France, Holland, Israel, Italy,Germany, Slovenia South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States - where her works can be found in numerous public and private collections.
Catherine Gfeller has participated in contemporary artfairs such as Armory Show NY, Art Basel, Art Brussels, Art Paris, Art Unlimited, Biennale of Ljubjana, Fiac, KunstZurich, and Paris Photo, Les Rencontres d'Arles.
In addition to her exhibitions, she gives lectures and workshops in various art schools and universities.
She also produces commissions for buildings in public spaces.
- Solo exhibitions
- Collective exhibitions
- Lectures and screenings
- Critical text
- Radio interview and TV