Katrina del Mar

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Katrina del Mar
Occupation Film director, Photographer

Katrina del Mar is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. Her films have been screened at numerous festivals and del Mar has received several awards and fellowships, including the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Video.

Del Mar grew up in Wisconsin and New Jersey.[1] Her portraits have been noted for their intensity of character and have been used by music labels (Sony, Polygram, V2), books, and other mediums. As a filmmaker her credits include (as producer/director) Surf Gang, Gang Girls 2000, Non Dairy Creamer and Nothin' Pretty.[2] She produced a feature documentary project entitled American Toughie, and has invited comparisons to American avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger.[3] Recent work has included music videos that have been accepted to MTV/ Logo Networks: "Bringin Me Down" (2009) and "Brooklyn Girls" (2009) for groups GSX and Hooray for Goodbye respectively. Del Mar's film endeavor entitled Hell on Wheels, Gang Girls Forever was completed in 2009.[4] Del Mar also creates zines.[5]

She has been described as "the lesbian Russ Meyer."[6] Her aesthetic is informed by riot grrrl and 1970s punk.[7]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2013 "GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS" Participant Inc. New York, NY.
  • 2010 "Gangs of New York" Wrong Weather Gallery Porto, Portugal
  • 2010 "Girl Gang Trilogy" Anthology Film Archives, New York NY
  • 2009 "Katrina del Mar Retrospective" Red Rattler, Sydney Australia
  • 2009 "Movie Mayhem" Cherry Bomb Comics, Auckland, NZ
  • 2009 "Movie Mayhem" Gene Frankel Theatre, New York, NY
  • 2007 "Movie Mayhem" Pioneer Theater, New York, NY
  • 2003 "Ruff Trade" Miami Light Project, Miami, FL.
  • 2001 "American Toughie" Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN.
  • 2000 "American Toughie and Gang Girls 2000" Photo /Film Installation. Spa, New York NY.
  • 1999 "American Toughie" Photo and Film Installation. Clit Club, New York, NY.
  • 1999 "American Toughie" Photo and Film Installation. Lust for Life, New York, NY.
  • 1998 "Pseudo Kin" P.S. 122, New York, NY.
  • 1998 "Chicks Trash and Rock & Roll" Photo Installation. Squeezebox, New York, NY.
  • 1998 "Recent Photographs" Deepdale Gallery, New York NY.
  • 1997 "Sweating Gasoline and Looking for a Match" Photo Installation, Clit Club, New York, NY.

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2007 “If Everyone Had an Ocean/Nouvelles Vagues” film series, CAPC Museum, Bordeaux, France.[8]
  • 2007 "Womanizer" film series Deitch Projects, New York, NY.
  • 2006 "The Process IV" BINZ 39, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 2004 "Mermaids" Barthelemy Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2003 "Gen Art Miami" PT Studios, Soho Lounge & Oxygen, Miami, FL.
  • 2002 "A Star is Born - Kembra Pfahler" American Fine Arts Co. New York, NY
  • 2001 "Stimulata" University of Cardiff, Wales.
  • 1999 "Illusion Delusion Denial" 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY.
  • 1998 "Night of 100 Girls" Untitled warehouse space, New York, NY.
  • 1996 "Tattoo" Studio Museum of Staten Island, New York, NY.
  • 1996 "Picture This" CB's 313 Gallery, New York, NY.
  • 1994 Untitled Group Show. Underground, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • 1991 "Censorship in the Arts" University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • 1989 "Avantgarde-Arama" Performance Space 122, New York, NY.
  • 1989 Untitled Program. State University of New York at Purchase.

Selected Awards and Fellowships[edit]

  • Top Ten Video of Click List MTV/Logo Networks broadcast to 26 million viewers worldwide: “I Got What I Came For” music video for GSX 2008[9][10]
  • Winner, Best Experimental Film, Planet Out Short Movie Awards 2006
  • Change Inc./ The Rauschenberg Grant 2006
  • Concordia Foundation Grant 2006
  • Elephant Rock Foundation Grant 2005
  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Video 2004


  1. ^ Miner, Phillip M. (October 31, 2013). "Katrina del Mar, Artist, Talks About Joan Jett, the Fear of Strong Women, and Starting a Revolution (NSFW Slideshow)". Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ McCormick, Carlo (February 5, 2013). "Katrina del Mar: Girls Girls Girls". Photograph. 
  3. ^ Aaron Krach, LGNY Film
  4. ^ Dowling, Dar (September 2006). "The Eyes of Katrina del Mar". LOTL. 
  5. ^ Hutt, John (March 13, 2014). "KATRINA DEL MAR "SUMMER SANG IN ME" at Strange Loop Gallery". Musee. 
  6. ^ Davis, Peter (July 1, 2010). "Katrina del Mar on Her Gorgeous Girl Gangs". Papermag. 
  7. ^ Malamet, Annie (March 22, 2014). "Katrina Del Mar's "Summer Sang In Me" Blends Romanticism and Toughness". Posture. 
  8. ^ "Archive cinéma 2007-08 / Nouvelles Vagues - monoquini" (in French). Monoquini. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  9. ^ "Sarah Greenwood". NewNowNext Music. January 18, 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  10. ^ "On "I Got What I Came For"". Logoonline.com. January 20, 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 

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