"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 Franco-Swiss artist who lives and works in Montpellier, Paris and Switzerland.
In 1991, she obtained a Master's degree in French Literature and Art History at the Universities of Neuchâtel and Lausanne, and then a CAPES.
She started photography in the eighties, focusing on landscapes, and travelled to all the continents to find her motives.
In 1995, thanks to a national grant, she can pursue her research in New York where she lived until 1999. Fascinated by the megalopolis, she transformed city scenes into Urban Friezes. She then moved to Paris where she received the HSBC Foundation Prize for Photography. Gradually, the human figure inhabits her compositions. Women protagonists are staged in a game of multiple imbrications.
Catherine Gfeller is regularly invited to create subjective city portraits (Sevilla, Johannesburg, Beirut, Kyiv, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Madinah). In dialogue with the inhabitants and the spirit of the place, she interprets their testimonies through an imaginary vision, nourished by both observations and inventions.
In response to the pandemic, the artist turns to the anthropocene. Her recent photographic tableaux and videos show landscapes ravaged by fire and where life seeks to reappear. She is awarded the support of the Ministry of Culture in Paris (C.N.A.P.) for this project entitled Firelands, 2022.
In her museum exhibitions, Catherine Gfeller invites visitors to wander through large-scale installations in the form of photographs, video projections, sound pieces, or sculptural objects. The spectators are immersed in a sensorial universe, oscillating between enigma, fiction and reality.
Main exhibitions: Versions of Her, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, 2022; Processions croisées, Abbatiale de Bellelay; Pulsations, Musée des Beaux-Arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds, 2010 Kunstmuseum KKL Lucerne, Centre d'Art Contemporain CRAC, Sète, 2011; The City is passing through You, WitsArt Museum, Johannesburg, 2014; ZigZag ZPK, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, 2015; Voices in Kyiv, National Shevchenko Museum, Kiev, 2018; China Driftings, National Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou, 2018; La Gardienne du Temps in the forest of Môtiers, monumental outdoor projections, 2021; Rhythms at Madinah Art Center, Saudi Arabia, 2023.
Exhibitions in South Africa, Germany, England, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the United States, France, Holland, Israel, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine.
Her works are collected in numerous public and private collections.
Catherine Gfeller participates in contemporary art fairs such as Armory Show New York, Art Basel, Art Bruxelles, Art Genève, Art Paris, Art Unlimited, la Fiac, KunstZürich, Ljubjana Biennale, 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