Katharina Duwen (b. 1962 in Munich, Germany, lives and works in Paris, France) is an artist and photographer. In 1984, confined to a prolonged stay at the hospital in Gauting, she was introduced to photography by another patient, a certain Mr. Jelinek. In the hospital’s photo lab, she engaged in the first frames and compositions made through a magnifying glass. The portfolio Einmalig, Vielfältig, Dreispitz, Geviertelt, Fünffach, Sex, Siebensachen, Achtung Andacht, Neunzehn (Unique, Multifaceted, Tricorn, Quartered, Quintuple, Sex, Seven Things, Attention Prayers, Nineteen), published by Edizioni Conz in 1985, is dedicated to this experience, as well as to Mr. Jelinek who died of the same disease shortly after. In the following years, she experimented with black-and-white and color photography in small and large formats, superimposed or modified, altered and transformed compositions. In the early 1990s, Duwen and her then husband, Daniel Spoerri, bought an estate on the slopes of Mount Amiata near Siena. In 1996, after extensive restoration, the Fondazione Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri in Seggiano, Italy opened. Duwen has held exhibitions in several venues, including Vienna, Basel, Bern, London, and Geneva. Solo exhibitions have taken place at the gallery of Christian Aubert in Paris in 2007, the Fondazione il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri in 2016, and the Ausstellungshaus Spoerri in Hadersdorf am Kamp, Austria in 2017.

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