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EDUCATION

2015 MFA Studio Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

2006 M.A. Photography & Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 

2003 Diploma Spatial Planning, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Oppressive Architecture, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, NC 

Oppressive Architecture, Schwerbelastungskörper/Museum Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany 

Plantation Still Lifes, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC 

Raleigh Redux, Artspace, Raleigh, NC 

2015 We Still Love Life, The John and June Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 

Basement Sanctuaries, Gallery 1401, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2014 Basement Sanctuaries, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2013 Basement Sanctuaries, New York Public Library (NYPL), New York, NY

2012 Basement Sanctuaries, Field Projects, New York, NY 

Go for Gold! The Underground Gallery, London, UK

2010 Go for Gold! The East London Landscape of the 2012 Olympics, Wolk Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA 

Go for Gold! The Transformation of the Lower Lea Valley, Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC

2009 Transitory Spaces, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

2005 Raumvorstellungen, University of Dortmund, Germany

2004 Perspectives, University of Dortmund and traveling, Germany

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016, International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, NY

(forthcoming)

Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities, Center for Women in the Arts and

Humanities, Rutgers University, NJ

2016 Association of Urban Photographers’ Memory and Archive, Lewisham Art House, London, UK

Meld. A UNC Alumni Duo Exhibition, Spectre Arts, Durham, NC

Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America, High Point University, NC 

2015 Eureka, Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 

40/40, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR 

Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America, GreenHill/Greensboro College, NC 

Neo-Pre-Proto-Anti-Para-Ultra-Contra-Post-Photography, Spectre Arts, Durham, NC 

Beyond Cameras, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC 

The Land of No Things, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC 

Association of Urban Photographers’ Movement Exhibition, Bogotá Arte Contemporáneo, Bogota, Columbia

2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s (LMCC) Autumn Art Auction, William Holman Gallery, New York, NY 

NUTUREart’s Annual Benefit, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY 

Contemporary German Photography, The 14th China Pingyao International Photography Festival, China 

LensCulture 2014 Emerging Talent Awards Exhibition, Valid Foto, Barcelona, Spain 

Association of Urban Photographers’ Movement Exhibition, Silverprint Gallery, London, UK 

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London, UK 

Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

2013 Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy, co-organized by the International Center of 

Photography and the Museum of the City of New York, Governors Island, New York, NY 

Adrift - The Unfamiliar Familiar in Modern Society, Galerie Ruberl, Vienna, AT

2012 Habitats, Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano, New York, NY 

Adrift - The Unfamiliar Familiar in Modern Society, Truman Brewery, London, UK 

Residual Traces, Photofusion, London, UK 

FRESH 2012, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

THE FENCE, Photoville/United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, NY 

Uptown Arts Review - Grantee Show, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), New York, NY

2011 Hackney Observed, Hackney Museum, London, UK 

Elephant in a Room, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 

Uptown Arts Review - Grantee Show, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), New York, NY

2010 Mixology II: Photography & Photo-based Work, Curator’s Office, Washington, DC

2009 Olympic Visions, The Nunnery Gallery, London, UK

2008 A Line is There to be Broken, This is not a Gateway (TINAG) Festival, London, UK

2007 Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2007, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall; Rochelle School, London; 

Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK 

Foundations, [space], London, UK

2006 MA Thesis Exhibition No Right Turn, Village Underground, London, UK 

Tor 38, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, Germany 

The Elephant Vanishes, Tate Modern, London, UK

2003 Phoenix_werke. Kunst in der Zwischenzeit, Phoenix-West, Dortmund, Germany

 

URBAN INTERVENTIONS

2016 Les Livres-Lieux, Montreal, CA (Adaptive Actions)

2009 2070B, Olympic Fence, London, UK (in collaboration with Jean-François Prost)

2006 Flowers for Heygate, London, UK

 

BOOKS

2014 Basement Sanctuaries, Schilt Publishing 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2016 Andrea Blanch, “Gesche Würfel, Musee Emerging Artist”, Musee Magazine, no. 15

Tom Mustroph, “Schwere Hinterlassenschaft”, taz, 8/11/2016

Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg, Tagesthemen, 6/23/3016

Dietmar Bührer, “Gesche Würfel “Oppressive Architecture“, Brennpunkt Magazin 3/2016

2015 “Basement stories: the underground shrines of Manhattan supers – in pictures”,The Guardian 

Best of 2015: Elizabeth Avedon, “The New Tork Times Portfolio Reviews. Day 1“, L’oeil de la Photographie 

Francesca Perry, “Are ‘cuddlers for hire’ a sign that city life makes us lonely?”, The Guardian 

Fiona Shipwright, “Inner Sanctum. Gesche Würfel’s Photographs of New York Basement Sanctuaries”, uncube 

“Basement Sanctuaries”, Musée Magazine, Issue 13/Women 

Elizabeth Avedon, „The New Tork Times Portfolio Reviews. Day 1“, L’oeil de la Photographie 

Frank Stasio, “The Land of No Things”, The State of Things - WUNC 

Brian Howe, “We Still Love Life - Pick of the Week”, INDYweek 

Caitlin Schneider, “How to see... Beauty in a Basement”, mental_floss

2014 Katherine Oktober Matthews, “Basement Sanctuaries”, GUP Magazine 

Jordan G. Teicher, “The Hidden Beauty of New York City’s Basements”, Slate 

Margot Peppers, “Inside New York City’s basements: Fascinating photo series reveals the rarely seen underground homes of superintendants and their families”, Daily Mail 

Hanne Venderwege, “Zo hip zijn kelders in New York”, Het Nieuwsblad 

Brian Howe, “Gesche Würfel: Basement Sanctuaries”, INDYweek 

Eve Kahn, “Decorator Underground”, The New York Times 

Amy Wolff, “Basement Sanctuaries - Photo of the Day”, PDN Online 

no author, “Paradies im Untergeschoss”, DIE ZEIT Online 

Alan Feuer, “The Lairs of Super Men”, The New York Times 

Oliver Atwell, “Basement Sanctuaries”, Amateur Photographer

2013 Pete Brook, “Photographer Finds Cockatiels, Jesus in NYC Basements”, WIRED 

Julianne Welby, “One NY Artist: Photographer Gesche Würfel”, WNYC-New York Public Radio 

Eva Dewes “Die Individualisierung der Welt. Neue Positionen der Fotografie bei Ruberl in Wien”, Parnass 

Gregg McQueen, “Sanctuary in the Cellar”, Manhattan Times

2013 “Basement Sanctuaries”, In: Boucher, Marie-Pier; Dufresne, Jean-Maxime; Melgar, Gema and Jean- 

François Prost (eds.), Heteropolis 

“Weekend Portfolios: Basement Sanctuaries” (selected by Anne Biroleau), Le Journal de la Photographie

2012 Jordan Davidson, “Uptown’s Underground Spaces to be Featured in Chelsea Art Show”, DNAinfo.com

2012 Go for Gold!, The Velvet Cell (exhibition catalogue) 

“Go for Gold!”, Story of the Week, Foto8 

“Go for Gold!”, London - Olympia Issue, StadtBauwelt 

“Go for Gold!”, Olympics Special Issue, Visual Studies 

“Go for Gold!”, In: Isaac Marrero-Guillamón and Powell, Hilary (eds.), The Art of Dissent 

Wei Yu, “2012 Olympics Feature”, ARTCO

2011 Entretien avec Brian Massumi avec Marie-Pier Boucher et Jean-François Prost, “Fragments d’action 

pour la ville”, INTER. Art Actuel

2010 Louis Jacobson, “City Light This Week’s Best. Gesche Würfel: Go for Gold! at Civilian Art Projects”, Washington City Paper 

The Pink Line Project, “Salon Contra: Go For Gold! with Gesche Wuerfel and Al Miner”, (online video)

2009 “2070B”, In: Prost, Jean-Francois (ed.), Adaptive Actions 

“Gesche Wuerfel”, In: New Museum (ed.), Younger Than Jesus: The Artist Directory 

with David Kendall and Tristan Fennell “A line is there to be broken. Conversation with Prof. Caroline 

Knowles”, Critical Cities. Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists. Volume 1 

Peter D. Osborne, “The Unreachable Landscape: Some Themes in Photography in England 1990 to 

2007”, CAHIER FOTOGRAFIE #2 

Viewfinder Photography Gallery, A Line Is There To Be Broken (catalogue)

2008 “Farewell from the Garden Paradise”, London Independent Photography, London Independent 

Photography Magazine

2007 Bytheway, Bev and Eileen Daly (eds.), Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2007 Catalogue. London: New 

Contemporaries [1988] Ltd. (exhibition catalogue) 

“Go for Gold! Photographically engaging with the Olympics 2012”, Rising East Online. Making regeneration our business

2006 Go for Gold! (self-published artist book)

 

GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

2016 LensCulture 2016 Emerging Talent Awards Winner, Juror's Pick

Faculty Research Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany (regretfully declined)

2015 Regional Emerging Artist Residency, Artspace, Raleigh, NC 

The Third New York Times Portfolio Review, New York, NY 

Shortlist, Architecture Category, Felix-Schoeller Photo Award, Germany

2014 LensCulture 2014 Emerging Talent Awards Winner 

Two Travel Grants from the Center of the Study of the American South (CSAS), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 

Professional Shortlist, Architecture Category, SONY World Photography Awards, London, UK 

Honorable Mention, Photo Annual Awards, Prague, Czech Republic

2013 Finalist, Aperture Portfolio Prize, New York, NY 

Finalist, Critical Mass, Photolucida, Portland, OR

2012 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant (MCAF), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), New York, NY 

Creative Grant, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), New York, NY 

Runner-up, Camera Club New York (CCNY) Darkroom Residency 2013, New York, NY (1-month use of facilities)

2011 Individual Artist Grant, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), New York, NY

2008 Merit, Fujifilm Dinstinction Awards, UK

2007 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, UK 

 

COLLECTIONS

Public collections: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum; Portland Museum of Art, OR; 

Private collections: in Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States

 

SELECTED (VISITING) ARTIST LECTURES

2017 Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University, NJ (forthcoming)

2016 Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Raleigh, NC

Horace Wililams House, Chapel Hill, NC

Duke University Summer School Program, Berlin, Germany

2015 Spectre Arts, Durham, NC 

Artspace, Raleigh, NC 

Allcott Gallery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

2014 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR 

Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC (book signing) 

Word Up, New York, NY (book launch) (in conversation with Joanna Castro, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) 

Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

2013 New York Public Library (in conversation with Jaime Permuth, School of Visual Arts)

2012 Field Projects, New York, NY (in conversation with Diana Caba, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance)