Cornelia Hediger, "11.07.08", 2008, from the series, Doppelgänger, C-print, 30x30”. Courtesy of Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Cornelia Hediger, “11.07.08”, 2008, from the series, Doppelgänger, C-print, 30×30”. Courtesy of Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Cornelia Hediger

The Doppelgänger series of photographs are pictorial narratives that explore internal human emotions, notions of the uncanny, the subconscious/conscious mind, and the ego and the alter ego. The narrative structure itself is based upon and utilizes the concept of the doppelgänger—specifically as understood in Germanic literature. In this context, the notion of the doppelgänger is understood as a ghostly double or apparition of a living person, widely assumed to be sinister and a harbinger of bad luck, yet also highly ambiguous, thus presenting a psychological dilemma. The central characters themselves are self-portraits of the artist in claustrophobic and timeless spaces.

The structural device of the tableaux-vivant is used to carefully choreograph multiple 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 eighteen photographs. The more recent artworks have progressed in their storytelling, moving beyond the grid itself and making use of the diptych and triptych format, while also incorporating more than just two figures.

Cornelia Hediger (Brooklyn, NY) received both her Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Fine Art degrees from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her work has been featured in group shows at Schneider Gallery (Chicago, IL), Klompching Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Galerie Kunstagenten (Berlin, Germany), Mese-Fischer (Meisterschwanden, Switzerland), and others. She has had solo exhibitions at the Klompching Gallery (New York) and the Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY). Cornelia’s work has been reviewed and featured in numerous publications including The Wallstreet Journal, Photo Technique, New York Magazine, PHOTO+, Pambianco Week, Blink, and various others. Her work can be found at several private collections in the United States, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and the United Kingdom.