Lives in Cologne and Berlin
1970: Born in Mainz, Germany
Beate Gütschow studied art at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg from 1993 to 2000, and at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 1998.
She served as guest professor from 2009-2010 at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. Since 2011 she is a professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Gütschow’s work explores the relationship between photographic representation and reality. It also investigates how our visual perception is informed and influenced by prior knowledge of other images.
In her first series, "LS" (an abbreviation of Landschaft, or landscape) Beate Gütschow uses photographic means to reconstruct depictions of landscape in 17th- and 18th-century paintings. With the aid of computer software, she montages scores of image fragments to create photographs that adhere to the compositional principles of the ideal landscape.
The body of work entitled "S" for Stadt (city) consists of large black-and-white photographs that are also composed of multiple images. Diverse architectural structures and geographical locations are combined within a single picture. These works clearly reference documentary photography, but at the same time contradict it with their photographic fictions.
In her newest series "I" (for Interior), Gütschow undertakes a critical investigation of advertising photography, composing mundane objects such as a car battery, ergonomic chair, and overhead projector into surrealistic scenes in her studio.