Uta Kogelsberger

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Kogelsberger presents intense and vivid photos of wilderness and urban American landscapes, photographed from the desert, on the edge of the cities looking in or in amongst the walls and vistas of an unpopulated urban scenes; an uncanny atmosphere prevails.


Uta Kogelsberger lives and works in London. After completing her MA at the RCA in Sculpture Kogelsberger started working with photography. Her work looks at how the built environment and domesticated landscape become a physical manifestation of a society’s ideology and belief structures. More specifically it looks at those places we create through our dreams and aspirations and the inbuilt failure therein.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Off Road, Ersatz, Antwerp, Belgium (2012); Bunker Series, Photofusion, London (2008); Flares, Roads and Paradise, Athens Photo Biennial, Aenaon Gallery, Athens, Greece (2007); Dark Light, Glassell Project Space, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas (2005); and Retreat CGP, London (2003). Selected group exhibitions include: Elusive, curated by Sian Bonnell, Camberwell Space, London (2011); Reading Landscape, Architectural Association, London (2010); European Sovereign Art Prize, Barbican, London (2010); Appropriate Modernism, Trajector Art Fair, Centrifugal Projects, Brussels, Belgium (2009); Three by Three, group show curated by Bob and Roberta Smith and Sarah Baker, Yinka Shonibare Gallery, London (2009); A Private Paradise, group show, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London (2007); Oases, Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC (2003).

Kogelsberger has previously been awarded the Stanley Picker Fellowship, Kingston Upon Thames, and the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship. Other residencies have included the CRIR-residency, Copenhagen; Artist-Residency, Center for Land Use and Interpretation, USA, and the Art and Architecture Residency at Kielder. Her photographic essay ‘Mystery Spots’, commissioned by Wired Magazine, was awarded the SPD silver medal for editorial photography. In 2002 her sculpture Timeline, commissioned for Dancebase, won the EAA Award for Art in Architecture. Work from her Urban Myths series was shortlisted for the European Sovereign Art Prize. Her work was published in an artist monograph by photo-north in 2004.