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Katherina Heil


Katherina Heil (b. 1982 in Hamburg, DE) lives and works in The Hague. Through drawing, sculpture, and installation, she explores how scientific research, space and earth observation influence our imagination and our understanding of our human existence in the universe. Scientific discoveries, along with technical and digital tools, enable a deeper understanding of the properties of the universe, however, they also create a dichotomy between the direct sensory perception of the individual and the observed. Her work refers to this division with the simultaneous desire to create connections between these two parts. She graduated with a major in photography (BA) from the University of Applied Arts and Design in Berlin and received her degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from AKV|St.Joost in Den Bosch in The Netherlands. Additionally, she studied Cultural Science at Humboldt University in Berlin to deepen her understanding of the philosophy of art. She attended among others the residency programs of the European Ceramic Work Center in Oisterwijk (NL), Stichting Kaus Australis in Rotterdam (NL), DeFabriek in Eindhoven (NL), and Nida Art Colony (LT), department of Vilnius Art Academy. Her work has been presented in different exhibition venues and programs, including Boetzelaer | Nispen Gallery in Amsterdam, Billytown artist-run gallery in The Hague, Exgirlfriend Gallery in Berlin (duo), VITRINE Galerie in Basel, De Fabriek Eindhoven (solo), WEST Den Haag (online publication), Fabrik der Künste in Hamburg, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Qvartr Gallery in Hamburg, and Villa Heike in Berlin (duo). She is the founder and co-curator of Sensory Threshold Lab, an art project for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration through art that takes place once a year at different locations. Since 2019 she is part of Billytown.

Exhibitions at Billytown