Naaz Cinema II, Mumbai, India, 2011, C-Print
Naaz Cinema I, Mumbai, India, 2011, C-Print
A previous body of work she had made while in Berlin on a DAAD grant from 2008-2009 focused on the old GDR (German Democratic Republic) hotels, or, as she calls them, "Eastern Block Hotels." The images of these spaces also capture haunting relics of what where once places used for a departure from everyday life. And there is a similar feeling of there being a human present with an absence of any actual figure. Only your imagination is left to fill in the holes of a story that Katherine has begun to tell. Some of the videos she has been working on, made while in Germany and India, operate in a similar sort of way, but with different kinds of visual mysteries to be solved. See if you can figure out what is strange about the beach scene in the film still below.
Video Still, Briesen, Germany http://vimeo.com/43700402
Hotel Hvar, Stari Grad, Croatia, 2008
I have so many more questions for her, I can only imagine how much she must have experienced in all of her travels. She told me about the hoops she had to jump through to get access to some of these cinemas, and that people would sometimes gather around her as she photographed, curious to what her interest might be. We headed up the street for a pint to continue our chat with a neighboring Sharpe studio participant, Rachel Hayes. It was nice to bear witness to the camaraderie that comes out of the Sharpe program and to end my evening with these two lovely ladies. Please take a look at more of Katherine's wonderful work at http://www.katherinenewbegin.com/.