Catherine Leutenegger

Perspectives on EPFL: Science. «At times, as part of her theatrical mise en abyme, Catherine Leutenegger brings scientific equipment into the photographic process»

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Catherine Leutenegger was born in 1983 and obtained a Master’s in Photography from the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL) in 2007. She is a visual artist, photographer and teacher and has received several awards for her work, including the Manor Award, the Prix Culturel de la Photographie (awarded by the Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture), and two Swiss Design Awards. Thanks in part to these distinctions, she was given her own solo exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysée, published a monograph entitled Hors-champ, and joined an artist residency program in New York City. During her time in the United States, she immersed herself in the city of Rochester, which is where Kodak was founded in 1881, and produced a book entitled Kodak City that records a watershed moment in the history of photography.

Since 2014, Catherine has developed a multi-disciplinary approach to her art that plays with media, scale, space and the ambiguity of forms. Adopting the perspective of an archeologist and anthropologist, she explores the omnipresence of digital technology and the materialization of the virtual world. Her work has been exhibited and published around the world and is featured in several public and private collections, including those of the MAST Foundation, the Musée Nicéphore-Niépce, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise and the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne.