November 28, 2018
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Kathleen Meier is a French artist who uses photographic medium. She learned photography in the artistic school École de Condé Nancy where she was graduated in 2014. Her work is about human psychology. She explores our subconscious and reveals how our experiences, culture and education lead our feelings. She calls our imagination as we have a full part to play in her photographs. In 2015, Meier released her first book Hostilités Sourdes at ARP Editions.

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The series confronts us to a suggestive confinement. What happens in us when we are faced into a desperate situation? What do we feel when we have no longer a connexion with the outside world? The disorientation and the contact loss with the outside put us into a physical and mental isolation and can lead us in a conscious or subconscious way to modify, perhaps to alter, our relationship with the external reality. This maze slowly conduct us into a mental illness.

Hostilités Sourdes

My project involves the narrative potential in the photography, in order to create the experience of a moment frozen in time in the viewer, like a freeze between two images on a film, something that will happen or just happened. However, these are still images and there is no any kind of human presence. We then feel a tension in the photographs, our imagination awake, call on our personal culture, our emotions, our experiences, in an attempt to understand what is happening and to set up a possible story, a scénario to the photo.

Featured image: Kathleen Meier – Self-portrait
All images courtesy of the artist. © Kathleen Meier

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014The BoxHauser & Wirth London, LondonSolo
2014Space Painting by Zhang EnliK11 Art Foundation Pop- Up Space, Hong KongSolo
2014HairShanghai Night Club, ShanghaiSolo
2013LandscapeMuseo d’Arte contemporanea di Villa Croce, GenovaSolo
2013Space PaintingICA, LondonSolo
2012TopologyHauser & Wirth, ZurichSolo
2011Zhang EnliHauser & Wirth, New YorkSolo
2011Zhang EnliShanghai Art Museum, ShanghaiSolo
2010Zhang EnliMinsheng Art Museum, ShanghaiSolo
2010Zhang EnliHauser & Wirth London, LondonSolo
2009Zhang EnliKunsthalle Bern, BerneSolo
2009Zhang EnliIkon Gallery, BirminghamSolo
2008Zhang EnliShanghART H-Space, ShanghaiSolo
2007Zhang EnliHauser & Wirth Zürich, ZurichSolo
2005Zhang EnliW&B House - Buero Friedrich, BerlinSolo
2004Human, Too HumanBizArt, ShanghaiSolo
2000DancingShanghART, ShanghaiSolo
2014Re-ViewLong Museum West Bund, ShanghaiGroup
2014Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary ArtVancouver Art Gallery, VancouverGroup
2014Yokohama Triennale 2014Yokohama Museum of Art, YokohamaGroup
2014Broken. Stand, The New Painting to OrderLong Museum, ShanghaiGroup
2014Aura of PoetryMuseum of Contemporary Art, ShanghaiGroup
2014Myth-History: Yuz Collection of Contemporary ArtYuz Museum, ShanghaiGroup
201328 ChineseRubell Family Collection - Contemporary Arts Foundation, MiamiGroup
2013Metropolis: Reflections on the Modern CityBirmingham Museum and Art Gallery, BirminghamGroup
2013O’Clock. Time design. Design Time.Cafa Art Museum, BeijingGroup
2013Foundational WorkShangART Gallery, ShangaiGroup
2012Place of residenceShanghART, ShanghaiGroup
2012On Contemporary Era – The First Chinese Oil Painting BiennialThe National Art Museum of China, BeijingGroup
2012People and Object – Across MemorySSCAC Suzhou, SuzhouGroup
2012The Seventh Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial – Accidental Message: Art is Not a SystemOCAT Shenzhen, ShenzhenGroup
2012FaceMinsheng Art Museum, ShanghaiGroup
2012Revitalising – A Gathering Upon Awakening of InsectsShanghART Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2011GuanxiToday Art Museum, BeijingGroup
2011The 6th Curitiba Biennial: Beyond the CrisisInstituto Paranaense de Arte, CuritibaGroup
2011RelationGuangdong Museum, GuangdongGroup
2011Breaking Away, An Abstract Art ExhibitionBoers-Li Gallery, BeijingGroup
2010Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary ArtMinsheng Art Museum, ShanghaiGroup
2010BedsShanghart, ShanghaiGroup
201010,000 Lives. The Eight Gwangju BiennaleGwangju Biennial Hall, Gwangju Museum of Art, GwangjuGroup
20095×5 CastelloEACC – Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, CastelloGroup
2008Translocalmotion7th Shanghai Biennial, ShanghaiGroup
2008SelectedShanghART H-Space, ShanghaiGroup
2008Art Multiple 2008Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts, ShanghaiGroup
2008Blackbridge 08’ Contemporary Art ExhibitionHall B ArtGallery Blackbridge, BeijingGroup
2008The World of Other’s: A Contemporary Art ExhibitionMuseum of Contemporary Art, ShanghaiGroup
2008China new vivison –the contemporary collection of Shanghai Art MuseumLa Spezia Contemporary Art Museum, La SpeziaGroup
2007Individual Positions 1ShanghART Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2007Size Matters – XXL – Recent Large-scale paintingsHudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, PeekskillGroup
2007Summer Exhibition 2007Royal Academy of Art, LondonGroup
2007Circulez! Il n’y a rien à voirObjectif_exhibitions, AntwerpGroup
2007China’s Neo PaintingShanghai Art Museum, ShanghaiGroup
2006Galerie Patrick Seguin invites Hauser & WirthGalerie Patrick Seguin, ParisGroup
2006Pre-EmptiveKunsthalle Bern, BerneGroup
2006Infinite Painting and Global RealismVilla Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, UdineGroup
2005Open RoadCreek Art Center, ShanghaiGroup
2005YCCA – Young Chinese Contemporary ArtHangart 7, SalzburgGroup
2005In their 40’sShanghART H-Space, ShanghaiGroup
2004Dreaming of the Dragon’s Nation: Contemporary Art from ChinaIrish Museum of Modern Art, DublinGroup
2004Matchmaking at Suzhou CreekEastLink Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2004Made in ChinaFabric and Accessories Museum, LyonGroup
2004Of One’s Own AccordOriginal Impress Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2003OverseasSilpakorn University Gallery, BangkokGroup
2003It Is IPingyao International Photography Festival, PingyaoGroup
2003Different Choice. Joint Exhibition of Shanghai Artists Born in the SixtiesBandao Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2003China EditionShenzhen Sculpture Institute, ShenzhenGroup
200224.30 Contemporary Art ExhibitionBizArt, ShanghaiGroup
2002Ost + West: Chinese Contemporary ArtKunsthaus Wien, ViennaGroup
2002Quick Look! – Shanghai Zhejiang Jiangsu Anhui Contemporary Art ExhibitionGeneral Consulate of Switzerland, ShanghaiGroup
2001Zero Point – Chinese Contemporary Art ExhibitionShanghai Normal University, ShanghaiGroup
199999 Nanjing Modern Oil Painting Research Exchange ExhibitionArt Institute of Nanjing Normal University, NanjingGroup
1999Global Forum – Contemporary ArtPudong World Trade Tower, ShanghaiGroup
1997Four Men’s WorkCanvas World Art Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
1997Figuration and AbstractionChangning District Culture Centre, ShanghaiGroup
1997Contemporary Chinese ArtChangning District Culture Centre, ShanghaiGroup
199797 Shanghai Oil Painting ExhibitionContemporary Art Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
1995Change: China Contemporary ArtKonsthallen Götaplatsen, GothenburgGroup
1993Shanghai Modern Art ExhibitionYokohama Art Museum, YokohamaGroup
199292 ShaNghai Oil Painting ExhibitionShanghai Artists Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
19903rd Exhibition of Young Shanghai Artists’ WorksShanghai Art Museum, ShanghaiGroup
1990Two Artists’ Contemporary ArtChina Textile University, ShanghaiGroup