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Cornelia Hediger‘s DOPPELGÄNGER is now on view in Philadelphia.

“The DOPPELGÄNGER series of photographs are pictorial narratives that explore internal human emotions, notions of the uncanny, the subconscious/conscious mind, the ego and the alter ego. The narrative structure itself is based upon and utilizes the concept of the Doppelgänger—specifically as understood within Germanic literature: a ghostly double or apparition of a living person, widely assumed to be sinister and a harbinger of bad luck, but also highly ambiguous, thus presenting a psychological dilemma. The central characters are enacted by the artist herself within claustrophobic and timeless spaces.

“The structural device of the tableaux-vivant is used to carefully choreograph multiple individual, full-frame photographs into single artworks, using a grid system that also serves to maintain the photographic integrity of each photograph. Most of the artworks are constructed with six photographs, but as the series has progressed they have developed in complexity, incorporating up to twelve.” — Cornelia Hediger


Through June 15.

Pentimenti Gallery

145 North Second Street, Philadelphia.

Cornelia Hediger, digital C-prints, from top: Doppelgänger 06.21.07, 2007; Doppelgänger 05.18.09, 2009; Doppelgänger 08.02.10, 2010; Doppelgänger 11.26.09, 2009; Doppelgänger 07.20.07, 2007; Doppelgänger 01.22.09, 2009; Doppelgänger 10.03.08, 2008; Doppelgänger 04.21.11, 2011; Doppelgänger 12.03.07, 2007. Images courtesy of the artist and Pentimenti Gallery.


Cornelia Hediger—born in Switzerland, based in New York City—and Dear Art Room in Hamburg present an exhibition of Hediger’s work, both her prints and hand-made collages from her Doppelgänger and Puppenhaus series, as well as her potent Election 2016 piece, first published last November.

“A woman in existentialist dialogue with herself. As soon as these stories shift into turgidity, the fragmented photographs call for a soothing provocation and reflect back the complexity of self-survey. Hediger’s visual collages create a balance between fiction and reality from this complexity. Despite the surreal appearance, the work conveys sense and sensibility.” — Denis Brudna

In addition to her art practice, Hediger teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. Hediger is represented by Klompching Gallery in New York and Schneider Gallery in Chicago.


Through August 30.

Dear Art Room

Kleine Reichenstrasse 1, Hamburg.

From top:

Cornelia HedigerDoppelgänger 10.24.08.

Cornelia Hediger, Waiting for Grandpa, 2017.

Cornelia HedigerElection 2016.

Cornelia HedigerDoppelgänger 11.07.08.

All images © Cornelia Hediger.