Situated in the documentary tradition, Katrin Koenning’s intimate photographs and sequences are made of the quotidian. Spaces clash, collide and come to be. Her fused geographies suggest a present that is puzzle-esque and multiplicit; always in conversation. With this, Koenning offers a way of seeing that is non-hierarchical, refusing to comply with a human-centric order of things. Instead the greater living world, the human and the animal occupy an equal space—connected rather than apart. In careful image-dialogues, she explores extended narrative possibilities and the currencies of the document. Through multilingual approaches to image-making Katrin seeks to reflect the complex times in which we live; imbuing her poetics experience both injury and tenderness.
Katrin Koenning (b. 1978) was born and raised in Bochum, a city in the thick of Germany’s turbulent post-industry landscape. At 24, she relocated to Australia where she studied documentary photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane (2007). In 2016, Katrin launched her first book Astres Noirs (Chose Commune) at Le Bal, Paris. The recipient of multiple awards including the Australian Photobook of the Year Award (2017), the Conscientious Portfolio Award (2016) and the Daylight Award (2015); her images are published widely in places such as The New Yorker, FT Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, Human Rights Defender, ASX, The New York Times, Der Spiegel Magazine, and SBS Australia. Katrin’s work has been exhibited in India, Bangladesh, Estonia, Croatia, South Korea, Norway, Malaysia, USA, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Finland, France, Greece and Myanmar (forthcoming). She teaches with a multitude of organisations across the Asia-Pacific region, and lives and works in Melbourne.
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