Kathrin Sonntag Born in 1981 in Berlin | Lives and works in Berlin


Kathrin Sonntag

Kathrin Sonntag
Photo: Nina Hoffmann

Nothing is as it seems in Kathrin Sonntag’s works. Her photography, collages, sculptures and films, mostly presented in an installative context, revolve around the prerequisital aspects of perception, observation, and recognition.

With slight shifts of meaning and compositional alterations, Sonntag transforms everyday objects and situations into playhouses of subtle contradictions that repeatedly tests and puzzle our perception.

In her work, Sonntag focuses on the moment in which an ever so slight incongruity is slipped into seemingly familiar and well-known things, delightful slips in habitual ways of thinking and seeing, and everyday things develop a magical, at times even uncanny, potential. The slide presentation,Blame it on Morandi(2011), shows a series of 81pictures resembling still life taken in the artist’s studio. Their refreshing unusualness makes plain to the viewers—at least on closer inspection—that everything they think they are seeing could also be something completely different.


bis 2006 BA and MA of Visual Arts, University of the Arts, Berlin


2011 DAAD Research Scholarship
2009 Swiss Art Award
Preis der Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim Stiftung
2008 Residency of flacc workspace for visual artists in Gent, Belgium
2007 Sommerakademie „spectacle and situation“, Paul Klee Center, Bern

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2011 MĂŒhsam ernährt sich das Einhorn, Kunstverein Hamburg
Double Take, Galerie Kamm, Berlin
2010 Zum bunten Schwein, Samsa, Berlin (mit Jan Molzberger)
ES, annex14, Bern
Futur Intérieur, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich
2009 Mittnacht, Swiss Institute, New York
Superkalifragilistigexpialigetik, Gesellschaft fĂŒr Aktuelle Kunst GAK, Bremen
Dracula’s Ghost, Galerie Kamm, Berlin
2007 Kathrin Sonntag at white light, DĂŒsseldorf
2003 Heute bleibe ich daheim .., imug, sphn Galerie, Berlin

Group exhibitions (selections)

2012 State of the Art. New Contemporary Photography, NRW Forum, DĂŒsseldorf
2011 L’ evento immobile, Casa Masaccio, San Valdarno, Italy
making and art, stadtgalerie schwaz, Austria
Voluntary Sculptures, LM Projects, Los Angeles
2010 Jewelry, Samsa, Berlin
I Put A Frame On You, TÄT, Berlin
Swiss Art Award, Messezentrum, Basel
Where No Sun Shines, Bortolami Gallery at The Webster, Miami Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York
Berlin – Paris, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris
2009 The Filmic Conventions, FormContent, London
Das Gespinst. Die Sammlung SchĂŒrmann zu Gast im Museum Abteiberg, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Swiss Art Award, Messezentrum, Basel
A la surface de l’infini, La Galerie, Noisy le Sec, France
2008 PrivatsphĂ€re, NĂŒrnberger Kunstverein
Kathrin Sonntag at FLACC, FLACC, Genk, Belgium
Der AutoritÀt, Kunstverein Arnsberg