About

In Cuxhaven at the North Sea dominated by wind and water... Today I live and work in the border triangle Germany / France / Switzerland between Freiburg and Basel/Switzerland. I work alone and collaborate with other artists on equal terms. I am an "exhibition artist". The works have been shown in over 130 national and international exhibitions. I like exhibition venues that place my paintings in a different context.

Statement

Background Sometimes it is the small things that have a lasting influence. For me one such thing was the master key of the HBK Braunschweig, which I was granted as a tutor. The key not only opened the door to the darkroom, behind which excessive experiments with photo-chemicals took place at nights, but also the door to a surreal world of images. The second lucky coincidence was the encounter with the Swiss Peter Olpe. In his atelier a pinhole camera was manufactured according to my preferences. Working method For me it is important how my pictures are created. I work without digital manipulation. The experiments of the darkroom are continued in the pinhole camera. Reality is alienated, potentiated, multiplied, and transforms itself into seemingly poetic images. Temporal aspects (present with a view to the future) can also be successively brought onto the roll film. The transport of the camera can enable a single photo in roll film length. Today's digital exposure processes make it possible to completely enlarge the film in full length and respectable size. This is significant for my work. These narrow, overlong images cannot be displayed either on the net or in book form.

Education

  • 1988 | Diplom, Grafikdesign bei Prof. Michael Ruetz, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (DE)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2007 – 2012 | Jury Kreiskunstkommission Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald (DE)
  • 1991 - heute | freischaffende Künstlerin mit Lochkamerafotografie (DE)
  • 1990 - heute | Selbständige Grafikdesignerin und Fotografin
  • 1988 – 1990 | Industrie- und Werbefotografie (DE/FR/CH)

Selected Awards

  • 2009 | trinationaler Zonta Regio Kunstpreis (DE/FR/CH)
  • 2008 | Anerkennung (Commendation) Hasselblad Masters Award Semi-Finalist (SE)
  • 1997 | Anerkennung (Commendation) European Architectural Photography Prize (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • Ausstellungen / Exhibitions:
  • 2019 | Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (DE)
  • 2016 | Three Countries Museum, Lörrach (DE)
  • 2012 | Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham (GB)
  • 2012 | Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union, Brussels (BE)
  • 2012 | Musée de Sens, Sens (FR)
  • 2011 | Haus der Kunst, München (DE)
  • 2010 | Galerie Maison 44, Basel (CH)
  • 2009 | Grosvenor Museum, Chester (GB)
  • 2009 | Al-Thani-Award for Photography, Doha (QA)
  • 2008 | Regional Council of Karlsruhe (DE)
  • 2007 | Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (DE)
  • 2007 | Vincas-Grybas-Museum, Jurbarkas (LT)
  • 2005 | Kunst Raum Riehen, Basel (CH)
  • 2004 | Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz (CH)
  • 2002 | Schloss Bonndorf, Bonndorf (DE)
  • 2001 | Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (DE)
  • Publikationen / Publications:
  • 2012 | 'Peter Olpe – Out of focus', Niggli Verla AG,/CH, Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, ISBN 978-3-7212-0851-1 (Seite 312, 314 bis 319 mit Ausklappseiten)

Personal Website

http://www.gedok-freiburg.de/kuenstler/BoettcherPetra/index.php

Petra Böttcher | Vita

Petra Böttcher | Vita

A shortened, one-page CV at the beginning and a detailed CV, especially for interested people, curators and collectors. The latter is illustrated and includes explanations of series and individual pictures. (German)

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Galleries

Petra Böttcher | 1 – 2 – 3 (1989 – today)

Petra Böttcher | 1 – 2 – 3 (1989 – today)

Looking back, combinations of individual pictures appear in the exhibitions. They are single pictures, not diptychs, nor triptychs. Some pictures tell a story by themselves. Other pictures only tell a story together. 1 Series: The third eye or the devil knows what's up there, 2007 "One" and "Two", 19,6 x 19,6 inch 2 "From the fisherman and his wife II", 2004, 76 x 98,5 inch - 2005, sedus, Waldshut (DE) - 2010, Concert Gallery Maison 44, Basel (CH) - 2007, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (DE) 3 "The Light", Protestant Church Schallbach, 2013, each 19,6 x 19,6 inch 4 "Thoughts learn to fly", Evangelical Church Opfingen (DE), 2006, 39,4 x 39,4 inch

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Petra Böttcher | Landscapes (1991 – today)

Petra Böttcher | Landscapes (1991 – today)

A clear location is not sought here. The reflection of reality goes through a metamorphosis and turns out to be the unreal. A landscape full of dreams - sometimes also full of nightmares. Nothing can be grasped – nothing is really stable. Further information to series and single pictures in the CV.

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Petra Böttcher | Art in construction and realisation in cooperation with institutions (1998 - 2006)

Petra Böttcher | Art in construction and realisation in cooperation with institutions (1998 - 2006)

2006 | ‘Dash‘, Forum, Sparkasse Lörrach-Rhf., Lörrach (DE) 2005 | ‘Above the clouds I-III’, high-rise building, Chesterplatz, Lörrach (DE) 2004 | ‘Stranded’, bar, Burghof Lörrach, bis 2008 (DE) 1998 | 'purposefully I+ II', payphone, Burghof Lörrach (DE)

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Petra Böttcher & David Heke | pARTners (2008 - ongoing)

Petra Böttcher & David Heke | pARTners (2008 - ongoing)

Project with the photographer David Heke, Chester (GB) Films are exposed and sent to each other like postcards and exposed again. No one knows what the other has photographed. Heke works in black and white with Hasselblad, Böttcher in colour with the pinhole camera. Two photographers, two nationalities, man and woman - very thrilling, intuitive and not so different at all.

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