Katherine Newbegin received her MFA in Photography from Hunter College in 2005 and her BA in 1999 from Yale University where she studied English and Photography. In 2008 she received a DAAD fellowship to live in Berlin, where over the past five years, Katherine has worked on a project photographing old Soviet hotel rooms in Eastern Europe. While living in Berlin, Revolver published a two-person catalogue of her work. Katherine has been showing her work at various galleries and institutions in both Europe and the US, including: Dina4Projekte, Haas & Fischer Gallery, Galerie Open, Pinakothek der Moderne, Kunstverein Munich, and the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. In the past several years, she has assisted Reiner Leist, Uta Barth, and Candida Höfer. In December 2009, Katherine received a grant from the Tiffany Foundation, which allowed her to travel to India in 2010 where she began a photographing cinemas.
MFA Photography, 2005, Hunter College, City University of New York BA English, 1999, Yale University, Concentration Photography
In the Spring of 2010, I began a new project photographing cinemas in India. Although, I had not intended to pursue this project, upon arrival, I realized how quickly India is being altered by the intense economic growth and the loss of these small, single screen cinemas represents the epitome of this change. The fulcrum of the project lies in the exploration of the architecture, which is informed by the human relationships that took place in these spaces, but now only remain in the evidence left behind. The cinema architecture holds a stifling sense of deadness, as if it were a museum. The lingering chairs, ancient posters, and well-worn furniture act as a conduit into a displaced time. Wandering is a crucial element to the process of making this work. I usually hear by word of mouth the location of the cinemas or cities that would be interesting for my work. Mostly I travel alone and I often spend several days not speaking to anyone. The photographs act as a documentation of a deep isolation and experimentation, which is reached during these travels.
Solo Exhibitions: “Behind the Scenes,” Galerie Open, Berlin, (2009), “Behind the Scenes,” Dina4 Projekte, Munich (2008), “Hotel Tourist,” Haas & Fischer, Zurich (2008), “Digression: Walking Through Space with Peter Vogel,” Galerie Open, Berlin (2008), “Waiting Room Warteraum Tapetenwechsel,” Galerie Open, Berlin (2007), Hunter College Thesis Exhibition, Times Square Gallery, New York (2005) Selected Group Exhibitions: “Vassar 150 Years Later: Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin,” Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY (2011), "Behind the Scenes" Ernst & Young Corporate Collection, Munich (2010), “PIN Curated Auction” Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2009), Young Artists Exhibition Kunstverein, Munich (2009), “Living Room” Haas & Fischer, Zurich (2009), “Fractions of Sight” ROCA, West Nyack, New York (2009), VOLTA Basel, Switzerland with Haas & Fischer, Zurich (2009), VOLTA New York, New York with Haas & Fischer, Zurich (2008), “Utopian Mirage,” curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (2007), “Art for AID,” JCI Sotheby’s UNICEF Juried Exhibition, Amsterdam (2007), “Bewusst beiläufig” with Elmar Bambach and Christopher Muller, Dina4 Projekte, Munich (2006), “Umgebung, Fläche, Raum” Galerie Open, Berlin (2006), “Plumb Bobs,” Makor Gallery, 92nd Street Y, New York (2005).