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Katinka Bock. Der Sonnenstich at Fondation Pernod Ricard

Curator: Christophe Gallois
Solo Exhibition at Fondation Pernod Ricard
14 February to April 29, 2023

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Firmly rooted in the field of sculpture, Katinka Bock’s art has remained permeable to the production of imagery – filmic, and above all, photographic. Photography constitutes what she calls the “periphery” of her work: a practice that she develops at its margins; but that also functions, between her and the world, as a threshold, as a site of porosity and experimentation. For about a decade, this photographic practice has notably flourished in the pages of a series of publications exclusively containing images: the One of Hundred. It also often appears within the artist’s exhibitions, in conjunction with her sculptures.

Created within a familial, urban, or natural context, often within close proximity to the subjects on which they focus, the images in the exhibition attest to the “sculptural” view that Katinka Bock brings to bear on objects, spaces, bodies, and living organisms. It is often the observation of the singularity of a form or relationship that inspires her images. As with her sculptures, she works quickly and spontaneously, careful to capture something of the vitality of the world and to liberate the image from too much control or too strong an intention. The “delay” that the use of the traditional non-digital procedure involves contributes, paradoxically, to preserving this dynamic.

Der Sonnenstich is the first exhibition by Katinka Bock to focus on her photographic work. Produced on this occasion, the sixty-five or so prints that comprise it – mainly black-and-white images, but also several images in colour – collate photographs taken between 2015 and the present day, most of which had never previously been exhibited.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Roma Publications (Amsterdam), with graphic design by Roger Willems, containing an introduction by Christophe Gallois and an essay by Australian writer and art critic Amelia Groom, commissioned within the framework of the TextWork platform by the Fondation Pernod Ricard.

About Katinka Bock:
Katinka Bock (Born 1976 in Frankfurt, lives and work in Paris) has presented solo exhibitions at institutions such as Artium Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz (2021), Kestnergesellschaft in Hanover (2020), Lafayette Anticipations in Paris (2019), Institut d’Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne (2018), Mudam Luxembourg (2018), Kunst Museum Winterthur (2018), Mercer Union in Toronto (2017), Kunstmuseum Luzern (2016), Henry Art Gallery in Seattle (2014), and Mamco in Geneva (2013).

Her artworks belong to collections such as those of the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou in Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.

In 2012–2013, Katinka Bock was a resident of the Villa Médicis in Rome. In 2012, she won the Prix de la Fondation d’entreprise Ricard and the Dorothea von Stetten Kunstpreis. In 2015, she obtained the Visual Arts Grant of the Fondación Botín. In 2019, she was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize.


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