February 22 – extended until May 5, 2019
Forum 048: Anna Katharina Zeitler – If you can dream it, you can do it

The series of images “If you can dream it, you can do it” is based on the previous ten years of Anna Katharina Zeitler’s life, which were spent constantly on the road. They convey a deep sense of longing to finally get to a destination.

The photo artist, who now lives in Berlin, offers us a glimpse of what lies behind her images: “My photos are, in a sense, a journey back in time to those days. I use images as metaphors for my memories, to describe as constants what might be appear to be temporary states.”

The mood of Zeitler’s photographs oscillates between restlessness, inquietude and homesickness. Zeitler’s mysterious, iconic images kidnap their observers and whisk them off on a poetic journey to a magical place. It is at once sensual, intimate and melancholic, a place where the autobiographical and the fictional converge. Time and space are never clearly defined. Instead, they form a surface onto which we can project our personal interpretations, a no-man’s-land inhabited by our own fears and desires.

Anna Katharina Zeitler, Little drop of poison, from the series If you can dream it, you can do it, 2017 © Anna Katharina Zeitler
Anna Katharina Zeitler, Faith, from the series If you can dream it, you can do it, 2017 © Anna Katharina Zeitler
Anna Katharina Zeitler, I woke up seven times, from the series If you can dream it, you can do it, 2014 © Anna Katharina Zeitler
Anna Katharina Zeitler, Old Hildebrand, from the series If you can dream it, you can do it, 2014 © Anna Katharina Zeitler

“If you can dream it, you can do it” is like a poem that you go back to time and again. Everyone can read and interpret the images as they wish, and gauge their own response to Zeitler’s work.

The exhibition is accompanied by Zeitler’s first monograph, “If you can dream it, you can do it”, published by Kehrer Verlag.


2000-2003 State Academy of Photographic Design (Staatliche Fachakademie für Fotodesign) in Munich
2006 ASA/INWENT grant to work in Orissa, India
2006 DAAD scholarship to work in Santiago, Chile
2009 Karvaz Foundation (Spain) grant
2010 Valparaiso Foundation (Spain) grant

Solo shows

2018 If you can dream it, you can do it, Photo 18, Zurich, Switzerland
2016 No Shoes to dance with, Colorida Art Gallery, Lissabon, Portugal
2015 No Shoes to dance with, Photo Independent, Los Angeles, USA
2011 Solé Coves, Biola Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2009 Solé Coves, Castello International Mirador del Jucar, Alcalá, Spain
2007 Faces behind the Mines, Kashis Art Gallery, Cochin, India

Selected group exhibitions

2018 Homage to Nan Goldin, Nano Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018 Artagency Stella Sander, Kulturtage Brandenburg (Brandenburg Culture Days), Stahnsdorf, Germany
2017 Neue Kunst aus Pankow, Galerie 102, Berlin, Germany
2017 The Art of Living, Acci Gallery, Berkely, USA
2017 Emerging Photographers Showcase, Exposure Photography Festival, Calgary, Canada
2016 Creative Portrait Exhibition, LACP, Los Angeles, USA
2016 Stories, PH 21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2016 The Analogue Portrait Project, Lucie Foundation, Month of Photography, Los Angeles, USA
2016 Memory Archive, Photobook Melbourne, Boyd School Studios, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Photo Contemporary 2015, Photo Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
2015 Seities Publication, Entre Nous Gallery, Month of Photography, Denver, USA
2015 Truth & Perception, Athena Project, Month of Photography, Denver, USA
2012 Finalist of the Martin Lagois Photo Competition, Gewerbemuseum (Museum of Applied Arts), Nuremberg, Germany
2011 Selections, Vattenfall Coporate Art Collection (Vattenfall Kunstsammlung), Berlin, Germany
2011 Dummy Photobook Award, Fotobookfestival, Kassel, Germany


An exhibition catalogue will be published by Kehrer Verlag featuring a bilingual essay (German-English) as well as 38 color plates on 72 pages.

Curator of the gallery exhibit: Rudolf Scheutle, Photography Collection