Amsterdam Kunst

Katy Hundertmark. Placeholder

In her multi-disciplinary installation [Placeholder], Katy Hundertmark employs both photography and the experience of its aftermath. The apparatus has turned into a device for both the departure from the photograph and arrival to the photographic space, which she deconstructs, stretches, twists and spreads across the gallery.

Katy Hundertmark produces new imagined spaces by inserting frames and edges inside of the image, by obscuring and abstracting the scene reflected in the lens.

While photography holds the notion of illusion and deception at its core, here this quality is multiplied – as only from a specific point, we encounter an alignment that brings together those dispersed elements. Throughout this body of work, the artist negotiates strategies of inhabiting and filling in the photographic, alongside ways of pushing and enlarging the boundaries of images.

Katy Hundertmark – [Placeholder]

Hundertmark constructs photographic landscapes and locations, while also fabricating inanimate enactments in and outside of the frame. The static, still and flat black and white plane of the photograph manifests as a stage, while the viewers turn out to be the sole performers of the act. The work transports us to imaginary locations where we grasp upon surfaces, creases and grain, where we are invited to enter the photograph, move from side to side or slide across and embrace the unfamiliar in-between.

About the artist: Katy Hundertmark is a Scottish-German artist and editor currently based in Amsterdam (NL) and working as Assistant Editor for Foam Magazine. She earned a Master of Letters in Photography from the Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and her approach has a strong connection to theatre production, employing performance as a way of inhabiting the photographic space. In her early work the staged self-portrait represented the main medium, however over the past years she has developed a specific interest in the intersection between photography, sculpture and new ways of translating images into space. Hundertmark’s work has been exhibited at venues such as Streetlevel Photoworks Glasgow (UK), Stills Edinburgh (UK), Seenfifteen London (UK), Macro Testaccio Rome (ITA) and most recently at Shrine Gallery NYC (US). Her work and writing has been featured in magazines like Quottom Magazine, Notes Journal and Studies in Photography. In early 2020 Hundertmark received the Creative Scotland Emerging Artist Bursary followed by a Creative Scotland Research and Development Bursary in 2021.

Exhibition: Katy Hundertmark – [Placeholder] curated by Javier Klaus Gastelum
Exhibition duration: 28.05 – 25.06.2021

Address and contact:
Egelantiersgracht, Amsterdam (NL)