About

I was born in Datteln/NRW. When I was 3 years old, my parents moved with me to the North Hessian festival city Bad Hersfeld. In 1981 I began studying at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and in 1996/97 I had a scholarship at the Villa Massimo in Rome. I live in Düsseldorf and have been a professor for "Moving Images and Photography" at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld since 2001.

Statement

At the centre of my artistic work with the media of photography and video is the representation of the perception of light, space and time. The spatial and temporal extension of my photographs and multi-channel video installations create an extension of the world of experience. Here time expresses itself directly in movement and the energetic power of light becomes the central motif. These are artistic works that enclose the recipient as the subject of observation and inspire him to an active form of reception.

Education

  • 1980 - 1990 | Studium bei Prof. Karl Bobek und Prof. David Rabinowitch, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 1985 | Meisterschülerin von Prof. David Rabinowitch, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (DE)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2001 - heute | Professur für "Bewegte Bilder und Fotografie", Hochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld (DE)
  • 2000 - 2001 | Lehrauftrag für Fotografie/Film/AV, Fachhochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld (DE)
  • 1997 -1999 | Lehrauftrag für Fotografie, Bergische Universität GH Wuppertal (DE)

Selected Awards

  • 2010 | "Publikationsförderung”, Kunststiftung NRW Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 2008 | "Sonderpreis des 13. Marler Video-Kunst-Preises“, Marl (DE)
  • 2004 |“Cite Internationale des Arts“, Paris (FR)
  • 2000 |”Artist in residence, C-Line Projects” Kotka , (FI)
  • 2000 |“Arbeitsstipendium an der Kunsthochschule für Medien“, Köln (DE)
  • 1999 |“Projektstipendium am ZKM-Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie“, Karlsruhe (DE)
  • 1996 - 1997 |“Villa Massimo-Stipendium“, Rom (IT)
  • 1995 |“New York-Stipendium der Ernst-Poensgen-Stiftung“, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 1994 |“Arbeitsstipendium des Kultusministeriums NRW in Kooperation mit dem Goethe-Institut Genua“, Genua (IT)
  • 1994 | “Ilford-Projektförderung für Istanbul“, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 1992 | “Reisestipendium der Stadt Düsseldorf nach Israel“, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 1989 |“Italien-Reisestipendium des Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen“, Düsseldorf (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • 2019 | Kunsthalle Nexus, Saalfelden (AT)
  • 2019 | Salzburg Museum, Salzburg (AT)
  • 2018 |Galerie Bernd A. Lausberg, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 2017 | Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen (DE)
  • 2017 |Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl (DE)
  • 2017 | Galerie Judith Andreae, Bonn (DE)
  • 2016 | Haus Beda, Bitburg (DE)
  • 2014 | Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida (US)
  • 2013 | Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn (DE)
  • 2012 | Stadtgalerie Salzburg (AT)
  • 2012 | Kunstmuseum Ahlen (DE)
  • 2010 | Landesgalerie Linz (AT)
  • 2010 | Ars Electronica, Linz (AT)
  • 2009 | Haus der Fotografie, Burghausen (DE)
  • 2007 | Städtische Galerie, Iserlohn (DE)
  • 2006 | Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld (DE)
  • 2006 | Kunstverein Museum Schloss Moirsbroich e.V., Leverkusen (DE)
  • 2004 | Museum Bochum (DE)
  • 2004 | Moskauer Haus der Fotografie (RU)
  • 2003 - 2004 | Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin (DE)
  • 2003 | Ehemalige Reichsabtei, Aachen-Kornelimünster (DE)
  • 2003 | Galerie der Hauptstadt Prag (CZ)
  • 2002 | Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg (DE)
  • 2002 | Kunstmuseum Heidenheim (DE)
  • 2002 | Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern (DE)
  • 2002 | Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 2001 | Dortmunder Kunstverein (DE)
  • 2001 | Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien (AT)
  • 2001 | Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen (DE)
  • 2001 | Kunsthalle Bremen (DE)
  • 2001 | Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München (DE)
  • 2001 | Neues Museum Weimar (DE)
  • 2001 | Heidelberger Kunstverein (DE)

Personal Website

http://www.gudrun-kemsa.com

Galleries

Gudrun Kemsa | Manhattan (2016 - 2018)

Gudrun Kemsa | Manhattan (2016 - 2018)

The observation of the shadow length of a vertically extended object - a gnomon (greek shadow pointer) - was the beginning of time measurement with a sundial. Manhattan is a huge sundial with many gnomons. The sun moves around the skyscrapers and bathes the streets in light in a fixed time rhythm. Scenes of everyday life can be seen, motifs of urban streets. Business people on their way to work, people in front of renowned department stores and flagship stores of well-known brands or passers-by waiting at red traffic lights. These are pictures that have almost unreal power and make the beauty of everyday life clear to us again. The urban environment becomes a stage on which the people act. The light is bright and clear and it almost seems as if it was only created to perfectly illuminate the whole scenery in a natural way. It is a light that is modulated, rich in contrast and powerful - glistening sun, cool morning hours, light and shadow.

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Gudrun Kemsa | DFA-Presentation (2018)

Gudrun Kemsa | DFA-Presentation (2018)

Presentation at the conference of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie, 21.-22.04.2018, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf.

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