I`m a  new member of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie .

Methodological Reflections on Women’s Contribution and Influence in the History of Philosophy
pp 189-193 | Cite as
Catrine Val: Female Wisdom in Philosophy
by Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
July 2020

Catrine Val is the winner of this year’s WMA Commission , Hong Kong


Catrine Val is an international conceptual artist working in the fields of photography, film, and performance. Driven by an interest in the concepts of time and history, she has specifically focused on the role of women within diverse cultural and political systems, particularly in the history of philosophy. Born in Cologne, Germany, Catrine Val initiated her career in advertising in Vienna, Austria. Feeling unfulfilled in this profession, she transitioned into the arts and earned a BA at the Art Academy in Kassel, Germany.

She pursued postgraduate studies at The Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and served as an assistant to Valie Export. Following graduation, she worked as an assistant lecturer in the field of virtual reality at the Art Academy in Kassel. Catrine has conducted extensive work in popular etymology, collaborating with women in India, South America, Asia, and Europe. In July 2020, Springer published her work titled “Methodological Reflections on Women’s Contribution and Influence in the History of Philosophy.”

She is the recipient of the prestigious WMA Commission in Hong Kong, 2019, entailing a three-year residency during the turmoil of the freedom movement. Her ongoing project, “Living Memory,” won the ‘Stand Together and Go Virtual’ competition in collaboration with the German Embassy London and the Goethe-Institute London in 2020. This project explores the lives of Jewish Holocaust survivors and was recently exhibited at the Wiener Library in June 2023. “MEMORY UNSETTLED,” published by Kerber in November 2022, is another notable contribution. Catrine Val is also a member of the DFA (The German Photographic Academy).

Solo Exibithion

2023, 8th March, Sinn & Leffers, Kassel  Germany

2022, Light Matters – An iconography of women confronting the dark, Uk14 , Kassel; Germany

2021 Catrine Val, BANG BANG – Wunderbare/Verwundbare Welt; FELD + Haus, Gallery, Frankfurt

2020 manifesto LIGHT MATTERS WMA Commission , Hong Kong

2019 The Changing Room,  Departure Lounge, UK

2018 Philosophers, World Congress of Philosophy, Beijing, China

2018 Das Glück, Oberfinanzdirektion, Frankfurt

2017 A POEM OF MODENITY,  Gallery FELD + HAUS, Frankfurt, Germany

2016 Kathmandu Girl, Photo Kathmandu 2016, Nepal

2016 Political Letters, Political Letters, Street Level, Glasgow, UK

2015 The Female Wisdom, Galleria de Imagens, Brazil

2015 The Lotus Chronicle, Museum de Ourense, Spain

2015 ENTROPY, Kaundu Museum, Taiwan

2011 BIG BANG, Gallery König, Berlin

Groupe Exibithion

2023: Living Memory, Wiener Library, London

2022: SOLAR PHOTO FESTIVAL, Fortaleza, Brazil

2020 MEMENTO The Force Field of Memories Museum for Sepulchral Culture

2020 das erste mal zum zweiten mal, Marburger Kunstverein, Germany

2018   3rd Beijing Photo  Biennale //  opening 28 September Beijing

2018 Women’s Perspectives Now, Organ Vida 2018 , MOC, Zagreb, Croatia

2018 The Women Behind, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel

2018 Riga Photomonth 2018, Latvia

2018 KATMANDHU GIRL, Diffusion 2017, UK

2016 International Triennial, Belgrade; Serbia

2016 Who Are Your #FEMALEHEROES? , Gallery Priska Pasquer, Germany

2015 The Lotus Chronicle, Indian Photography Festival, India

2015 Festival Circulation(s), Paris, France

2014 Philosophers, Kochi-Muziris Biennale India, India

2014 Hope & Faith, Encontros da Imagem 2014, Portugal

2014 Reflection, Darmstädter Tage der Photography, Germany

2013 Princesses, Warsaw Photo Days, Poland

2013 Falsefakes, Centre de la photography Genève, Swiss

2013 European Chronicles, International Festival of Photography, UK

2013 Winner “Celebration”, Kaunas Photo Star, Lithuania

2012 Gaze On What I Gaze At, Art Museum at Art Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan

2011 Second Lives: Jeux masqués et autres Je, Casino Luxembourg

2011 Live Ammo, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan


2018 An Ode to Vaginismus,  Athens & Epidaurus Festival

2017 Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany

2017 An Ode to Vaginismus, Feministisches-Queeres Filmfestival

Spectrale, Frankfurt, Germany

2017 An Ode to Vaginismus, International Documentary Film Festival OFF CINEMA, Poznań, Poland

2017 An Ode to Vaginismus, The International Women’s Film Festival Cologne, Germany

2016 Transcendence – The Lotus Chronicles, Short of the Year, Spain

2015 Ranscendence, 5th International Short Film Festival, Cyprus, Greece

2015 Commodity Fetishism, MUSE Film and Dance Festival, Paris, France

2014 We, The Enemy, European Media Art Festival, Germany

2014 Strike a Pose, International Women‘s Film Festival, Cologne, Germany

2014 Mumbai Women‘s International Film Festival, India


2018-2019  The Changing Room, British Council, UK

2018 Book of Change, Gender and Philosophy, FISP, Guangzhou, China

2017 A sud di donna, Breathing Art Company, Bari, Italy

2017 Half of a Perfect World, Art Quarter Budapest, Hungary

2016 Mixed-Media Residency at Photo Kathmandu, Nepal

2016 Political Letters, Scotland, UK

2015 Pepperhouse Residency, Goethe-Institute Max Mueller Bhavan, India

2014 Bangalo Residency, Goethe-Institute Max Mueller Bhavan, India



FEMINIST (2012), Heidelberg, Germany: Kehrer

(Feminist was shortlisted for the German Photo Book Award 2013)