Corina Gertz

Lives and Works in Germany.

Corina Gertz is a fashion designer who created collections for international companies in Europe and China.

She combines this with travelling widely to create fine-art projects and photo documentations that reflect her passion for the colourful diversities and cultural particularities of our world. Her main focus here is on clothing traditions, which, in the course of globalisation, are rapidly blurring into a uniform idea of beauty, to the detriment of individual expression. In this work, she emphasizes the distinctions of our differences, which speaks strongly of her stand against intolerance towards others. Corina’s independent projects are exhibited in international museums and galleries, and are available in book and film format.

In 2013 and 2014 Corina gave lectures and workshops at the Art Academy Kunming, at the University for Art Xijing in Xi’an, and at the Technical University Hubei in Wuhan, China. Since 2015 she teaches at the College of Art and Design at Beijing University of Technology.

Exhibitions / Art Projects

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2018
Das abgewandte Porträt – Zwischen August Sander und Vermeer (The Averted Portrait – Between August Sander and Vermeer), Galerie Peter Tedden zu Gast bei Matthias Erntges, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalogue)
2014
Illusions Never Die, together with Gudrun Teich, Organhaus, Chongqing, China
2011
KunstwerkSTADT Pößneck, Germany
2010
Under Shiva’s Shield, Visual Gallery, Photokina, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
2009
Under Shiva’s Shield, Textile Museum Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India
2005
Beauty of Kaokoveld, Syrius, Düsseldorf, Germany
Beauty of Kaokoveld, Back Lane Art Gallery, Aachen, Germany

 

Some Work Examples:

©Corina Gertz - from the series Beauty of Kaokoveld Black & White photograph, 60 x 50 cm, 2002

©Corina Gertz – from the series Beauty of Kaokoveld Black & White photograph, 60 x 50 cm, 2002

 

from the series 'Under Shiva’s Shield' (married village woman in Rajasthan, shown by the orange veil), beaded and embroidered photograph, 70 x 50 cm, 2009

from the series ‘Under Shiva’s Shield’ (married village woman in Rajasthan, shown by the orange veil), beaded and embroidered photograph, 70 x 50 cm, 2009

 

©Corina Gertz - Young Himba mother in front of a giant Coca Cola ad in Opowo, Namibia (translation of the question: What do you really need?), 3 x 2,16 m, 2011

©Corina Gertz – Young Himba mother in front of a giant Coca Cola ad in Opowo, Namibia (translation of the question: What do you really need?), 3 x 2,16 m, 2011

 

©Corina Gertz - Bulk production of wedding dresses for the European market in Zhongshan, China (translation of the question: How important is the prize?), 3 x 2,16 m, 2011

©Corina Gertz – Bulk production of wedding dresses for the European market in Zhongshan, China (translation of the question: How important is the prize?), 3 x 2,16 m, 2011

 

 

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2018
Jenseits des Dokumentarischen, Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, Germany (catalogue)
Beyond the Sphere of Reproduction, A Sino-German Exhibition Project, GCA The Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chongqing, China (catalogue)
Beyond the Sphere of Reproduction, A Sino-German Exhibition Project, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sanya, China (catalogue)
DIE GROSSE, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalogue)
Emscher Gold, Sammlung Tedden, Galerie Münsterland e.V., Emsdetten, Germany (catalogue)
Trachten, Deutsches Textilmuseum, Krefeld, Germany (catalogue)
2017
Jenseits des Dokumentarischen, Städtische Galerie KUBUS, Hannover, Germany (catalogue)
Jenseits des Dokumentarischen, Städtische Galerie Bietigheim – Bissingen, Germany (catalogue)
Beyond the Sphere of Reproduction, A Sino-German Exhibition Project, White Box Art Center, 798, Beijing, China (catalogue)
Photo Festival Jinghong, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China (catalogue)
Mizhi Cave House International Photography Art Festival, Shanxi, China
Art Space for Moving Image, Photo Beijing, China (catalogue)
2016
Photo Festival Jinghong, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China (catalogue)
2015
Beyond the Sphere of Reproduction, 6 German photographic Researchers, Photo Beijing, China (catalogue)
Back from Chongqing, Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf, Germany
2014
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014, Victoria & Albert Museum, London,
(catalogue: ‘The Wedding Dress’ by Edwina Ehrmann, V&A, London)
Beijing Friends – From Phenomenon to Essence, Kunstverein Aalen, Germany
China Friends – From Phenomenon to Essence, DCKD, Düsseldorf, Germany
2013
Portas Abertas, Fórum Fundacao Eugénio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal
In Out Space / Sculpture Architecture, Tipographia Hall, Bucharest, Romania
2012
The Wedding Dress: 200 Years Of Wedding Fashion, National Museum of Singapore,
curated by Victoria & Albert Museum, London (catalogue)
Unveiled, Western Australian Museum, Perth,
curated by Victoria & Albert Museum, London (catalogue)

2011

01.08. – 06.11.2011

“White Wedding Dress: 200 Years Of Wedding Fashion”, curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, @ Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia (G), (catalog: ‘The Wedding Dress’ by Edwina Ehrmann, V&A, London

17.12. 2011 – 22.04.2012

“Unveiled: 200 Years Of Wedding Dress” curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, @ the Museum of New Zealand (G), (catalog: ‘The Wedding Dress’ by Edwina Ehrmann, V&A, London

07.-09.01.2011

Postcards From the Edge for “Visual Aids”, CRG Gallery, New York (G)

03.04.-30.05.2011

Embracing Our Differences, Island Park, Sarasota, Florida (G) (catalogue)

24.06.-10-07.2011

KunstwerkSTADT Pößneck, Germany (S)

23.06.-26.06.2011

Water Bienniale, Bad Breisig (G)

2010

21.-26.09.2010

Under Shiva’s Shield, Visual Gallery, Photokina, Cologne (S) (catalogue), Jim Rakete, Michael von Graffenried, Annett Stuth, Stephan Zirwes

07.-17.06.2010

10 Festival for Fashion & Photography 8 Views, at Contemporary Gallery, Diehlgasse 51, Vienna (G) Corina Gertz, Alexandra Hager, Mira Loew, Rosa Rendl, Mangelware/Sandra Schmidt, Helga Traxler, modern martyr/Angela Wiedeman

12.03. – 30.03.2010

“ECO-Creations”, Longmont Council for the Arts / Muse Gallery, Longmont, Colorado (G)

04.07.-17.10.2010

The-zip-association, House of Silk Culture, Krefeld (G)

23.04.-05.05.2010

“Redux”,Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, Georgia (G)

2009

Feb.-March 2009

Artist in residence @ Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, Kris Scholz, Katherine Kiefer, Janet Pierce, Charles Merewether

Art Center, fashion illustration from recycled material, Mount Clement, Michigan (honorable mention) (G)

Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi (G), Kris Scholz, Katherine Kiefer

“Sowing Seeds”, International Artist Village Camp, SAR, Rajasthan (G), Terue  Yamauchi, Bhupat Dudi, Judit Hettema, Maria Rebecca Ballestra, Chiman Dangi, Vagaram Choudhary, Aditi Kulkarni Kaman Art Gallery, Jodhpur (G) (catalog)

2008

Editor of the book Künstler Tatorte – Künstlersiedlung Franz-Jürgens-Straße about the artist colony in Düsseldorf in cooperation together with Annette Leyener and Kris Scholz, published by Edition Braus, Heidelberg

Kris Scholz, Annette Leyener

2007

3.2.-2.4.2007

Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit (G)

Dt. Architektur Museum, Frankfurt a. M. (G)

Pro Arte Institute St. Petersburg (G)

All exhibitions on behalf of the exhibition series “Shrinking Cities”, a project (2002-2008) of the Federal Cultural Foundation, under the direction of Philipp Oswalt (Berlin) in co-operation with the Leipzig Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the magazine archplus (catalogue)

2006

10. 09. – 19. 11. 2006

10. Int. Architekturbiennale, Venice (G)

University of Tokio with Art Deco Museum, Tokio (G)

Pralt Manhatten Gallery / von Alen Institute, New York (G)

All on behalf of the exhibition series “Shrinking Cities” (catalogue)

2005

18.02. – 08.04.2005

“Beauty of Kaokoveld”, Syrius Galerie, Düsseldorf (S)

20.08.-15.09.2005

“Beauty of Kaokoveld”, Back Lane Art Gallery, Aachen (S)

2004

07.03.-03.10.2004

“Namibia, A Separated History”, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne (G) (catalogue)

Photo project Monet’s Garden in Giverny in cooperation with Kris Scholz on behalf of the Museum of European Garden Art, Düsseldorf

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