Karen Stuke completed her studies in Photo/Film Design at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and graduated under Gottfried Jäger and Jürgen Heinemann in 1999.
1996 she achieved a foreign exchange scholarship for the Academie Minerva in Groningen, the Netherlands.
In 1999, Stuke received a crucial grant from the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia.
To this day, she has been collaborating with some of the most prestigious directors and theatres including Gottfried Pilz at the Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra Comique Paris, the Los Angeles Opera and many more.

She wants to do the ‚other‘, the absolute photo. The image that unites everything, the whole scene, the whole act, the whole program. So she almost inevitably came to the anachronistic slow instrument, the camera obscura.
With her camera obscura, she not only takes photographs in the theater, recording and tracking the spirit and soul of a production: in a number of further series, she uses this technique to poetically research different themes.
Most recently her work „Austerlitz“ has been exhibited at the Kommunale Galery Berlin which was commissioned by the Wapping Project in London earlier. The exhibition is an immersive installation of large-format images, rail tracks, light and sound.
She did exhibit at the Art Museum in Mülheim an der Ruhr along names such as Maria Loboda, Thomas Ruff, Michael Schnabel, Emil Nolde, Ernst Barlach and Pablo Picasso.
In addition to having her works displayed at various group exhibitions, her solo exhibitions titled „Sleeping Sister“ and „Opera Obscura“ took place in Berlin, „4 Rooms“ in Malta, St. James Cavalier, and „City Lights“ was seen at Elipsis Gallery in Istanbul.
Karen was involved in a project called „Amongst Neighbours“, an artist exchange project in the course of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture.
2010 she was invited by Renato Quaglia, director of the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia and Galleria PrimoPiano Napoli to do her work
on the productions of the festival. So she stayed as an artist in residence at PrimoPianoNapoli and present those works at the PAN (Palazzo delle Arti Napoli) in 2011.
In 2008 she founded her own project space called »Kronenboden« in Berlin, where she focuses primarily on the intersections between visual and performing arts.
2017 Kronenboden was one of the prize winners of the award program for artistic project spaces and initiatives by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.
2018 she organised and curated the Caruso Festival „Caruso sings again“ at Kronenboden and two neighbor off-spaces COPYRIGHTberlin and uqbar.
She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


workshops, lectures

2019        Kommunale Galerie Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany       

                International Summer Academy of Fine Arts & Media, Venice

2017        Festival Neuer Kunst „lAbiRynt“ in Slubice, Poland

                International Summer Academy of Fine Arts & Media, Venice

2016        „Wolkersdorfer Fotowochen“ FotoFLUSS – Society for the promotion of photo and media art, Austria

2015        Photowerk Berlin, Germany

2013-20   Demonstrator, photographer and lecturer at the historical daylight photostudio, LWL Freilichtmuseum Detmold, Germany

2003        lecturer at Malta Photographic Society

2000        lecturer at Malta Photographic Society

1998        lecturer at the FH Potsdam, Germany by invitation of Prof. Gisela Scheidler               

                invitation to the symposium about theatre photography, Theaterfestival Theaterformen, Hannover, Germany



grants, awards and residencies

2017        Kronenboden was one of the prize winners of the award program for artistic project spaces and initiatives 

                by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin

2013        Kunstpreis, picked by the jury, Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin

2012/13   artist in residence at Hotel Bogota, Berlin

2012        appointed member of the DGPh (the German Photographic Association)

2010        artist in residence Napoli Teatro Festival Italia

2004        Nomination for the “Golden Thumb”, 1st International Flipbook Festival, Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

1999         crucial grant from the Arts Foundation of NRW, Germany

1996        foreign exchange scholarship „Erasmus“ for the Academie Minerva in Groningen, the Netherlands




»Aneignung – Künstler der Kolonie Wedding« catalogue 2018

»Umano, Troppo Umano« catalogue 2018

»Opera Obscura di Napoli« PrimoPiano Editioni

Die deutsche Bühne 10/2011 »Die Gleichzeitigkeit des Ungleichzeitigen« ISSN 0011-975X

»Der gedehnte Blick« ISBN 978-3-942311-00-7

»Es werde Dunkel! Nachtdarstellungen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst« ISBN 978-3-927877-73-3

European Month of Photography 2008 ISBN 978-3-940231-04-8

»Die Trilogie der schönen Zeit, oder: Warten macht mir nichts aus!« Edition Beaugrand Kulturkonzepte,
Verlag für Druckgrafik Hans Gieselmann ISBN 978-3-923830-63-3

»Selbstsicht – Der Schritt ins Bild« catalogue of Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie 2006 ISBN 3-9810254-2-3

»Malta 24/7« Project Malta, Progress Press Co Ltd ISBN 99903-3-0880-0

»24 Stunden Bielefeld« Westfalen Verlag ISBN 3-88918-098-1

leib & leben ISSN 1613-740X

Camera Austria, 74/2001 ISBN 3-900508-35-6