Kathrin Günter

Born in 1971 - Germany


Kathrin Günter is a German photographer who lives and works in Berlin.

Kathrin Günter knows everything there is to know on the subject of illusions of eternal glory and everlasting love. She’s quite familiar with the way the media works, including all the different techniques used to manipulate the viewers into celebrity worshiping. For over 15 years, Kathrin Günter observed and studied celebrities, their moments of success and particularly their desperate need for attention.

She gets to know both sides of the coin, being the victim as well as the persecutor. As a paparazzi, she spies on celebrities all while she herself is being tracked down, trying in vain to protect her privacy. This dynamic gives birth to a sort of hide-and-seek which Günter then turns into an opportunity and showcases it in magazines and at exhibitions.
In her “Star Shots III” collection, Kathrin Günter continues her work and attempts to depict the very souls of celebrities on a light sensitive medium. She tries getting as close as possible to the characters, so as to reveal their true identities.

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1993 – 1999

photography at Hochschule fuer angewandte Wissenschaften, Hamburg, Germany



Internationaler Teletext Kunst Preis, ITAF und ARD, ORF, SWISStext


Projektfoerderung des Kulturwerk der VG Bild Kunst, Bonn



solo shows

Spotlight vs Darkroon, JCYM Privateoffspace, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Star Shots, FISH Galerie, Helsinki, Finnland

Star shots 3, Haunted Hollywood, Poltergeist Paparazi & Ghostly Glitterati, Galerina Steiner, Berlin, Germany

Star shots 2, Galerie artMbassy, Berlin, Germany
Star shots 2, PICTA, Messe fuer Photographie, Hamburg, Germany

Star shots 2, Galerie kulturreich, Hamburg, Germany

STAR SHOTS, Galerie Andreas Grimm, München, Germany

STAR SHOTS, Goethe Institut New York / USA

STAR SHOTS, Galerie 11, Verlagshaus Gruner+Jahr, Hamburg, Germany
STAR SHOTS, Galerie Kunstadapter Wiesbaden, Germany

STAR SHOTS, Galerie Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany

group exhibitions (selection)

Occultisms, Humble Arts Foundation, New York City, USA
UNDERCOVER, Neue Heimat Berlin, , Germany
FATAL! Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and artists, Schirrn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and artists, Centre Pompidou Metz, France (catalogue) ITAF,
International Teletext Art Festival, FISH Galerie, Helsinki, Finnland

MISS READ, Berlin art book fair, ABC Messe, Berlin, Germany
International Teletext Art Festival, ARD Haupstadt Studio, Berlin, ARDtext, ORFtext, SWISStext
International Teletext Art Festival, Ars Electronica Linz, Austria

Making History, MMK, Museum fuer Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (catalogue), Germany

Wach sind nur die Geister, COCA Centre Of Contemporary Art, Torun, Pola (catalogue)

Voyeur, Whitechapel Late Nights, Whitechapel Gallery, Red Velvet Curtain Cult, London, UK
Wach sind nur die Geister, HardWareMedienKunstVerein, Phoenixhalle, Dortmund, Germany

Scope Miami, vertreten durch die Galerie artMbassy Berlin Miami/USA
„Jahresgaben“, Haus der Fotografie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Tickle attack! Backlight Festival, Internationale Trienniale fuer Photography, T1, Tampere/Finnland
Prix Voies Off, Rencontres, Arles/France

Appropriazione indebita, NT Art Gallerie, Bologna, Italy
Appropriazione indebita, artMbassy, Berlin, Germany

Spezialitäten, Galerie Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany
Die Elf – Das Beste, 3. international Triennale der Photographie, Galerie Elf, Verlagshaus Gruner+Jahr, Hamburg, Germany

Die Poesie de Funktionalen, Industriemuseum, Chemnitz [Katalog] KISSING THE MIRROR, Raid projects, Los Angeles / USA (catalogue) WIRKLICH WAHR!, Realitätsversprechen von Fotografien, Ruhrlandmuseum Essen (catalogue), Germany

GEOMETRY OF THE FACE, National museum of Photography, Kopenhagen / Denmark (catalogue)

HOLLYWOOD REVISITED, Kunstmuseum Aarhus / Denmark (catalogue)

MOVING PICTURES, 5. int. Phototriennale Esslingen, Villa Merkel (catalogue) COOL CUTS (MOVIE PASSION), Space Kitchen Gallery Seoul / Korea
KUNST UND KUR – ÄSTHETIK DER ERHOLUNG, Kunsthaus Meran / Italy (catalogue)
ART COLOGNE, Köln / BRD, vertreten durch Galerie Andreas Grimm
ART FRANKFURT, Frankfurt / Germany

REINHARD WOLF Preis, Ausstellungsbeteiligung, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
AUSGEZEICHNET, Photokina Köln und Design Zentrum Stuttgart (catalogue), Germany

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