The work of Katja Mater (b. 1979) originates from a meta perspective, dealing with the possibilities and impossibilities of photography. Rather than documenting frozen moments in time, she records the numerous ways we can look at and think about photographic images. She turns the medium on itself, and in doing so, disturbs its status of accuracy. Instead of looking through photography as a transparent medium, Mater’s work makes you look at photography itself. By visualizing areas in which technique yields images different from human perception she shows the intangible character of the medium, using photography as a creating rather than a documenting medium.
In 2003 Mater graduated from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and subsequently attended the postgrad program The Ateliers. In 2006 she was a fellow at Skowhegan and in 2009 at the MacDowell Colony. Mater has shown her work in exhibitions throughout Europe and the USA, like Capricious.Young Photographers at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and i heart photograph at Higher Pictures, NY. She was also part of Homework at the Gagosian Gallery in conjunction with the 4th Berlin Biennial. Her first solo exhibition was in NY Principle Matter at V&A in 2008. In 2009 she was part of Photography in Reverse at FOAM Photography Museum, Amsterdam. Mater’s most recent solo exhibition was entitled Density Drawings at Gallery Martin van Zomeren in 2010.
While in Swing Space residence, Mater will work on the project Parallel Planes, which is a continuation of the project Density Drawings, and will make visible two (or more) complete different ‘parallel images’ originated from the same event during the same moment in time.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist