Charlotte Sonntag, Berlin Photography

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Biography

Born in Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia.
Studied at the Berlin University of the Arts:
First degree: Design (state-certified designer, Prof. Hans Preilipper).
Second degree: Painting (Prof. Horst Hirsig),
Abstract artworks on the theme of landscapes and organic worlds of forms.

Post-graduate freelance work in the cultural and museum domains, e.g. photo- documentation of exhibitions, studies on historic photographs. Furthermore publications: articles and photographic series for journals on Nature and Travelling).

Frequent art-excursions in Berlin and Brandenburg, as well study trips, e.g. to Lapland, the Arctic Circle area, Tunisia, and Oman, Belgium, the Nederland’s, France, Greece and to Italy.

Exploration of photography as a creative art medium for several years.
Main themes of interest: analogies between natural forms and forms created by art, relationships and networks between nature and culture. Other projects: development of a water, ice and sand "archive" as an interdisciplinary theme and as a visual intersection between art and science.

Since 2012
Abstract series of photographs on space in cities, especially during night, show the structures of cities and visual patterns found in our everyday environment.


Solo Exhibitions

2004 „Water and desert: patterns of Orient and Occident“,
photographic art-based analysis of patterns on water- and sand surfaces of Orient and Occident,
German Parliament Building Berlin (Paul-Löbe-Haus), „Days of the Arabic world“, cultural exchange / international congress (congress-publication)

2005 „Reflections: in the mirror of nature“,
abstract photographic work on patterns of abstraction in nature and art.
Museum of Communication, Frankfurt / Main.

2006 „touched by light and moved by wind“,
large-sized photographs on analogic structures in nature and art as interdisciplinary dialogue.
Catalogue (German / English) with articles by Janos Frecot (former curator of photographic collection at „Berlinische Galerie „ / Museum of Art in Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Lötsch, director - general of the national Museum of Natural History Austria, Vienna

2006 „animal-tracks, sign of life“,
art-photography’s as series of visual tracks, formed by animals
Senckenberg-Museum (federal Natural History-Museum) Frankfurt / Main

2007 „floating, frozen“,
art-photographs and video – work on abstract structures and shape- forms of water in its states of aggregation. Interdisciplinary approach (physic, art).
Catalogue with articles by Dr. Roland Augustin and Dr. Ralph Melcher, Saarland museum, Stiftung Saarländischer Kulturbesitz, Saarbrücken

2007 „ductus nature“,
art-photographs and video-work on shapes of movement, development of series on abstract photographic imagery.
City-Gallery, department of art Wilmersdorf-Charlottenburg, Berlin

2008/ 2009 „animal-tracks, sign of life“,
The Natural-History-Museum of Saxony, Görlitz
Travelling-exhibition on art-photography’s as series of visual tracks, formed by animals, Senckenberg-Museum (federal Natural History-Museum) Frankfurt / Main, 2006

2011 „water is all“,
abstract photographic artworks on water, its states of aggregation, as well pollution and damage, shown between museums-objects to confront with technology, forms of participative creative interaction with museum visitors
German Museum of Technology Berlin, Gallery, Shipping- department

2012 - 2014 „Town – Space – Structure”, atelier – exhibition,
photographic analysis of change in the night space of Berlin: urban space-structures, life-situations and changes on special spots of Berlin

Group Exhibitions

2015 “based on water”,
art exhibition together with Jin Ping, China, Direktorenhaus Berlin, positions of east – west focus on water.
Cooperation of HdA Berlin and Inter Art Center and Gallery Beijing, China. Catalogue in German, English, Chinese.
Publisher/ producer: Inter Art Center and Gallery Beijing, China

17.09.2016 – 25.09.2016 “based on water”,
together with Jin Ping, Curator: Na Risong, Inter Art Center/ Gallery, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
Water is the basis and the origin of all life. Water is the theme of the photographies of the exhibition which was shown in Berlin 2015 for the first time. This exhibition is meant as an intercultural dialogue based on a natural abstract visual language.