Catherine Abitbol

Catherine Abitbol.
Colombia, 1976.

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In Catherine Abitbol’s photographic work lies a mixture between documentation, memory and desire. Nostalgia -an inherent part of his work- creates a visual solution that responds to the formal composition.

Her work is completely analog, giving greater value to procedures based on the principles of photography, seeking to resume the historical and magical process of silver gelatin printing, where she sometimes plays with the intervention of her photographs, using materials such as wood , acrylic and oil.

For Catherine Abitbol, the search for everyday life is a process that represents a way of extracting fragments of her time. Her photos show scenarios and atmospheres of the era in which she lives, and in her work the transition from the private to the public is analyzed, transforming the image into an opportunity to get involved with great intimacy.

She usually addresses different subjects, including portrait and the human body, as well as the relationship of the artist within his context. The urban scenes she chooses to portray transform the viewer’s gaze about his own reality. There is no distortion, assembly or planning in the images she captures, it’s just the encounter with a natural state.

A slight displacement of the everyday towards a strange tone is perceived, and this displacement is so subtle that it is practically imperceptible. Only what’s touching is preserved, something that moves slowly but remains. There is a mixture of strangeness, logic and simplicity in her work, using the camera as an extension of her own body, arm and stomach.

For the artist, photography is a job, a daily hunt, a life scene. It is a film with small bits of shadows and lights, of colors and shades. It is an immediate action taking place on paper, and once it is observed it becomes an extraordinary meditation of the power to preserve an instant.


2012 Internship at the Photography Department CHRISTIE’S ROCKEFELLER CENTER New York, New York
2011-2012 Master Degree: History of Art and the Art Market: Modern and Contemporary Art, CHRISTIE’S EDUCATION New York, New York
2003-2011 Intensive painting course with the Maestro ISMAEL RAMOS Mexico City, Mexico
2006 Still Photography in the American movie “THE AIR I BREATHE” Mexico City, Mexico
2005-2009 Photography Degree at the ESCUELA ACTIVA DE FOTOGRAFIA Coyoacán, Mexico
2002-2003 Photography courses, ART CENTER Miami Beach, Florida
2001-2003 Photography Degree, ART INSTITUTE OF FORT LAUDERDALE Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2003 Still Photography in the Mexican movie “MATANDO CABOS” México D.F
1997 Color Appreciation and Black & White Photography intensive courses, NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Boston, Massachusetts
1996 Photography courses with the Maestro Saul Serrano, MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO Mexico City, Mexico


2017 FONDO DE CRISTAL. Licenciado. Mexico City, Mexico

2015 FLY ME TO THE MOON. Estudio. Mexico City, Mexico
2009 STARDUST. Galería Daniel Liebsohn. Mexico City, Mexico
2007 99 c DREAMS. Cerrajería La Morena. Mexico City, Mexico
2005 OBRA NEGRA. Centro de Arquitectura y Diseño. Mexico City, Mexico
2004 COLOR LATINO. Galería Casa Lamm. Mexico City, Mexico
2003 THE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION, Q-Lounge Miami, Florida


2017 FUNDACIÓN MÉXICO VIVO, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, México

2017, Participación en la primera Subasta de Fotografía, MORTON SUBASTAS, Mexico City, México

2016, FUNDACIÓN MÉXICO VIVO, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, México

2015 GRUPO DE LOS XVI. Mexico City, Mexico
2014 -2015 FUNDACION MEXICO VIVO. Museo de Arte Moderno. Mexico City, Mexico
2013 SOUTH HAMPTON ART FAIR. Kavachnina Gallery. South Hampton, New York
2004-2013 GRUPO DE LOS XVI. Mexico City, Mexico
2011 “BIJOUX’. Franz Mayer Museum. Mexico City, Mexico
2008 “ESTO ES MEXICO”. Asociación de Derechos Humanos. Mexico City, Mexico
2008 “ABC POR LA DISCAPACIDAD”. Galería Abierta de las
Rejas de Chapultepec. Mexico City, Mexico
2008 “ARTE OBJETO”. Emilia Cohen Gallery. Mexico City, Mexico
2008 ‘CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION SHOW’. Cero Gallery. Mexico City,  Mexico
2008 SIVAM, Contemporary Art Exhibition. Mexico City, Mexico
Photography Exhibition. Mexico City, Mexico