About the German photographer, Katharina BOSSE (b. 1968, in Turku)

Katharina BOSSE grew up in Kirchzarten, Germany. After living in New York from the mid-90s for almost a decade, she moved back to Germany in 2003, making art, raising children and teaching as professor for photography in Bielefeld, Germany. Her work is in the collections of the MoMA and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and has been published by magazines including The New Yorker, Spin, Park Avenue, Geo, Der Spiegel and the New York Times Magazine.

Photo books & Catalogues (a selection)

  • 'Signe' (1997)
    'Contemporary German Photography' (1997)
    'Surface Tension' (2000/2001)
    'New Burlesque' (2004)
    'Von Körpern und anderen Dingen, Deutsche Fotografie im 20. Jahrhundert' (2004)
    'The Photograph as Contemporary Art' (2004)
    'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother' (2011)
    'The Space beyond' (2014)
    'With different Eyes. The Portrait in Contemporary Photography' (2016)
    'Thingstätten: The Relevance of the Past for the Present' (2020, 2021)

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In her out-of-print photo volume 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother' German photo artist Katharina BOSSE openly deals with a blind spot of a society that otherwise does not shy away from interventions in the private sphere: the birth of a mother.
from 38,00 € Weight 0.6 kg
The photo volume 'Thingstätten' edited by Katharina BOSSE deals with open-air theaters and meeting places of National Socialism. Art and documentation, text and image enable an interdisciplinary examination of the significance of the past for the present.
from 39,00 € Weight 1.4 kg
Solo Exhibitions
  • 1999: 'Ten rooms for sex', Henry Urbach Architecture, New York
    2000: 'Surface Tension', Kunstverein Ulm; 'From outside/from inside', Henry Urbach Architecture, New York; 'L‘Empire des signes, l‘Empire des sens', Mois de l‘Image de Dieppe“Le Kitsch“
    2001: 'Realms of Signs, Realms of Senses', Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse; 'Surface Tension', Anne Barrault Gallery, Paris
    2002: 'New Burlesque. Portraits of Burlesque Performers', Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago &, Reckermann Photographie, Cologne
    2003: 'New Burlesque. Portraits of Burlesque Performers', Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
    2004: 'Mermaids and the City', Galerie Reckermann, Cologne & Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago; 'Realms of Signs, Realms of Senses', Les Transphotographiques, Galerie Interieur, Lille
    2005: 'Mermaids/Waterparks', Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
    2006: 'New Burlesque', Galerie Merz, Rottweil, Germany
    2009: 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother', Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
    2010: 'Werkschau', Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg
    2011: 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother', Kunsthalle Bielefeld
    2012: 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother', Cultural Centre, Constance
    2015: 'Bordello Architecture', Gallery of the City of Bielefeld
    2017: 'Sites of Projection', Chapman Gallery, KSU, Manhattan
Group exhibitions (a selection)
  • 2000: 'Seeing Double', Museum of Modern Art, New York; 'New York Now 2000', Museum of the City of New York; 'Good Business is the Best Art', The Bronx Museum for the Arts, New York
    2001: 'Westworld', Mary Boone Gallery, New York
    2002: 'Life of the City', Museum of Modern Art, New York
    2003: 'Locating Intimacy', Camera Works, San Francisco; 'Von Körpern und anderen Dingen', Stadtgalerie Prag, Historisches Museum Berlin, House of Photography Moskau, Art museum Bochum; 'Phantom of Desire', Neue Galerie Graz
    2004: 'Katharina Bosse, Aki Ikemura, Manuela Marques', Schroeder Romero Gallery, New York; 'A Clear Vision', Deichtorhallen Hamburg
    2006: 'Out of Context', OMI International Arts Center, Ghent & New York; 'Please Wait', Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris
    2007: Internationale Photo Triennale, Esslingen; 'En Quête d’Identité', Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France
    2008: 'Ad Absurdum', Museum MARTAa, Herford
    2009: 'Fashion Room', Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt; 'Quelques Figures de Maternités', Galerie d’art du Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône, Aix-en-Provence
    2010: 'Felicitá', Centre PasquArt, Bienne; 'Gabriele Münter Preis', Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin & Frauenmuseum, Bonn; 'Do or Die. Auf Leben und Tod. 
The Human Condition in Painting and Photography', Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne; 'elles@centrepompidou', Centre Pompidou, Paris
    2011: 'Herein!', DZ Bank art collection, Frankfurt; 'The Collector’s guide to new Art Photography vol 2', Chelsea Art Museum, New York
    2014: 'Queensize', Berlin; 'Si on n’a pas vu le Bonheur…', Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris
    2015: 'When Man Falls', Deichtorhallen Hamburg
    2016: 'With Different Eyes. The Portrait in Contemporary Photography', The Museum of Modern Art, Bonn & Kunsthalle Nuremberg
    2017: 'Doing Identity', Art Museum Bochum; 'Et Dieu crea la Femme', Maison Guerlain, Paris
    2021: 'Family Affairs' Deichtorhallen Hamburg; 'A view of the collection', Kunsthalle Bielefeld; 'An American Night', Photofestival Israel