Carolin Seeliger

Artist Statement

In my artistic work, I explore the human influence on the sea and our associated emotions. In cooperation with scientists, authors, collectives and the sea as an active actor, I explore questions about new possible forms of human and non-human coexistence, connection and cross-species learning. Since 2018, I have been working on micro- and macroplastics and the role of algae in the oceans, especially in seemingly untouched places such as the deep sea and the Arctic. I work with experimental, analog and digital photography, often leaving their two-dimensionality and create expansive, walk-in objects that have been shown internationally in galleries and public spaces (Berlin, Copenhagen, Nice, Oberammergau). My aim is always to create moments of contact, connection or interaction based on my own artistic position. In workshops and collective-participative work, I explore questions of individual or collective action, authorship and co-creation.Together with Gernot Seeliger, I run the producers‘ gallery Heit Berlin, which focuses on site-specific exhibitions.


* 1975


Art residency on the polar expedition ship Cape Race (circumnavugation of Spitsbergen)


Founding of artist group Traces

2019 – 2024

Artistic research and collaboration with marine biologists and scientists on marine plastic and algae

2011 – 2024

Co-founder and co-manager of Gallery Heit, Berlin

2006 – 2008

Book project with journalist T. Wenzel (Deutschlandradio Kultut)

2003 – 2006

photography studies, Lette Verein, Berlin

1995 – 2000

 social work studies (Diploma), FH Cologne, focus on photography/media pedagogy

Exhibitions and Grants (Selection)


Everything is fine – groupshow, Galerie Georg Nothelfer


Salty Embrace – groupshow, Salon75, Copenhagen


Slippery Slope – art intervention with K. Köster and D. Kupferberg, groupshow watermarks, Ingrid Bischoff Stiftung, Prierow


shortlisted for EMB (European Marine Board) (with Kathrin Köster, Daniel Kupferberg and marine scientist Soli Levi)


unravel, groupshow enter:nature at Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin


WANDER, groupshow , Oberammergau


Weaving Waves- collective weaving, intervention with traces, Havmollen/Ebeltoft, Denmark


NeustartKultur Stipendium


NeustartKultur Stipendium


JubileeX, Gruppenausstellung, frontviews, Berlin


Encounters in landscape, groupshow, Spoiler Zone


Ocean Future Ambassador Award 2. Platz, with K. Köster, D. Kupferberg


bbk Berlin – studio grant


The Artist as Curators Art vol. X, groupshow, SchauFenster, Berlin


Traces, groupshow and workshops, SchauFenster, Berlin


Blister, with Lee Stevens, Berlin Weekly


Howl of the Coconut, groupshow and workshops, BSMNT/Spinnerei, Leipzig


Reinhard, Fram 7, Berlin


Soulcamp, soloshow, Heit Berlin


The Libidinal Net in Contemporary Photography, class Josephine Pride, groupshow, Heit Berlin