Kathrin Günter knows all about the illusions of eternal fame and of everlasting love. She is familiar with the mechanisms of the media and all the different forms of manipulated adoration. For more than 15 years Kathrin Günter has been observing and studying every celebrity moment, particularly the simultaneous longing for attention and a desperation to stay out of the permanent spotlight. Kathrin Günter sees and records everything for what we call eternity.
She knows both sides of the game. She has been both victim and persecutor. In the role of a paparazzi she was chasing celebrities and at the same time she was herself pursued, trying in vain to protect her own privacy. This constant game of hide and seek was eventually presented to the hungry public eye in the form of exhibitions and magazines.
The Berlin-based artist acted both behind and in front of the camera. She exaggerates the media game of a seemingly disgusted audience who at the same time can’t get enough of the alleged scandals arranged in advance by both media and stars. “80 percent of all stories are arranged with the media”, says former Boulevard editor-in-chief Manfred Meyer, as quoted by Hans Paul in his book “Promi-Jaeger von Hollywood”
Star Shots II could be interpreted as an almost discrete work compared to the follow-up Star Shots III – The Go Between Double of 2013. While Kathrin Guenter was more concerned with revealing the evident at the beginning of her career, the artist continued her work by literally capturing the soul of celebrities on light sensitive material. In the tradition of famous American spirit photographers she created images of blurred and often over- or under-exposed personalities, possibly celebrities. The artist describes these images as resulting from a complicated procedure seperating the soul from the human body. The images reveal the truth behind the facade and therefore manage to come much closer to the essential person then any of the real-life images posed by celebrities. How often can celebrities still claim: “Yes I created this persona but I am totally different from that.” Kathrin Guenter finally reveals the truth.
But what is all this soul and psychology good for, compared to a simple knowledge of the future? With her work Celebrity Tarot Deck, Kathrin Guenter goes even further. Her new work opens another dimension. Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears or Paris Hilton can finally begin to plan ahead. They can truly foresee their destinies, wished for or unwished; to enjoy fortune or suffer misfortune, to seek fame or oblivion, life or death.
Their future is an open book for all to read. The star’s destiny is assured. But for which celebrity?