Katherine Newbegin

Studio Building
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Studio Location
Phnom Penh Discotheque I, Cambodia, Digital, 40 x 50 in, 2009
Teatro America, Cuba, C-Print, 30 x 40 in, 2006
Untitled, Lithuania, C-Print, 30 x 40 in, 2007
Hotel Turist I, Moldova, C-Print, 30 x 40 in, 2007
Hotel Cosmos, Moldova, C-Print 30 x 40 in, 2007
Artist's Statement

The Soviet occupation of numerous countries, has resulted in a certain type of architecture leaving its mark across Eastern Europe. For almost five years, I have traveled widely tracking down through word of mouth, these monuments to tourism in Moldova, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Cuba, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Belarus. In the former Soviet Union, the individual family vacation was widely discouraged and logistically difficult. I am intrigued by this experience of vacation and I am drawn to the human interactions that took place in these spaces, but now only remains in the evidence left behind. The architecture holds a stifling sense of deadness, allowing these seemingly banal objects to resonate. The lingering floral wallpaper, ancient mattresses, and bedside tables act as a conduit into a displaced time. In 2009, I traveled to Cambodia and Vietnam, where I continued to photograph hotels..


Education 2005 Hunter College, Master of Fine Arts in Photography 1999 Yale University, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, concentration in Photography Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2009 Galerie Open, Berlin, Germany 2008 Dina4Projekte, Munich, Germany (Monograph Publication) 2008 Haas & Fischer, Zurich, Switzerland 2006 Galerie Open, Berlin, Germany Selected Group Exhibitions 2010 Vassar College 150th Anniversary with Tina Barney and Tim Davis 2009 PIN Auction Pinakothek der Modern Museum, Munich, Germany 2009 Volta Basel with Haas & Fischer Awards 2009 Recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award 2009 Finalist for the Lower Manhattan Studio Residency 2009 Artist-in-Residence, Camera Club of New York 2008 - 2009 DAAD Fellowship, Berlin, Germany 2008 Yaddo Artist Residency, Saratoga Springs