Katie Holten

Earth Drawing, 2018

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Drawing is Katie Holten's (*1975 in Dublin, lives and works in New York) most important research instrument for visualizing the challenges of the Anthropocene. She grew up in Ireland and studied fine arts and art history at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, at the University of the Arts in Berlin and at Cornell University in New York. She also studied complexity at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. Holten represented Ireland at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.

Katie Holten's work is committed and often political in a playful way. Her materials are everyday things, her work is hand- and head-made. A cheerful science that manages to infiltrate the fact-based, calculating reality.

In the group exhibition Klassenverhältnisse - Phantoms of Perception, Holten presents an oversized papier-mâché globe on which she drew the map of the world from memory. Coastlines and continents follow their own inner map. Holten's memory produces the map image, simultaneously fed by the learned and the lived, the studied, the practiced, the forgotten, the feared, the dreamed, and the imagined. The factual nature of the news, like influence and media power, is barely visible, overlined under the drawing. At the same time as the undoubted connection between reality and representation, which has characterized the cartographic thinking of the world since the Enlightenment, every unquestionably accepted theory of society anchored in scientific positivism is also disturbed. For the Earth Drawing edition, the artist created a mini version of her large sculpture exclusively for the Kunstverein in Hamburg.

  • Exhibitions:
  • 2018
  • Klassenverhältnisse - Phantoms of Perception, Kunstverein in Hamburg (G)
  • 2017
  • We the People Van Horn, Düsseldorf (S)
  • 2014
  • With Mariateresa Sartori, Bosi Contemporary, New York (G)
  • 2012
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (S)
  • 2009
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York (S)
  • 2003
  • Laboratorio della Vigna, 50th Venice Biennale (S)