Shift in Focus: Capturing Women’s Stories through Photography

Artist Gert Kist and Pop-Up Pride


In 2013, photography artist Gert Kist made a name for himself at Galerie Eduard Planting with his male images printed on weathered wooden suphases. He’s inspired by the Italian painter Caravaggio, both erotically and in terms of his use of light. Just like the paintings, his works are characterised by a strong contrast between light and dark. ‘Photography is writing with light’, says Kist. He also experiments with materials: he prints his work on brushed aluminium. Pop-up Pride toont ’The Angel’ and ‘The Musician’ by him.

In his new series of female portraits, there’s a clear shift in focus. The attention no longer lies on the man’s torso, but on women who seem to want to express something or to hide something. They wear extravagant kostuums, sieraden or hairdresses.


Kist is a photographer that specializes in newborn and family portraits. Her sessions are tailored to each family and include a selection of prints and digital images. She also offers custom birth announcements and maternity photo shoots upon request. Her work explores the various feelings derived from human connections. She draws inspiration from her time living and travelling abroad and extracts those intangible emotions into her photographs.

She works in her studio in Emeryville, CA and specializes in product and still life photography. Her 2000 plus square foot studio is a creative space that inspires her to produce impactful and compelling imagery. She is passionate about the creative process and enjoys collaborating with her clients to produce unique results. She believes that every image has the potential to tell a story. Her goal is to capture the essence of each subject and tell a compelling visual story. This is the reason why she chooses to use natural lighting in her studio.


KIST’s research focuses on the development of materials and structures to support industrial growth. Its discoveries have contributed to the economic boom in Korea during the 1970s and 80s.

The wordmark combines the Korean-English logotype to improve the awareness of KIST through CI and deliver an accurate image both internally and externally. It also expresses the confidence of a research institute that aims to be No. 1 in the world.

Matt Kist, a civil site engineer, and Greg Pfau, a landscape architect, often brainstorm together around trace paper to create quick conceptual sketches while designing a property. These designs help streamline data collection and save their clients time and money. They work for McClure Engineering Company, where they collaborate on complex, urban and suburban development projects. One of their recent projects involved a 100-foot fall and large drainage channel. The team used innovative design to make the site more cost-effective and sustainable. The result is a unique park-like setting with an architectural quality that matches the scale and character of the community.


Kist is an abstract painter, but she’s not afraid to stray from her traditional medium. She’s drawn to three-dimensional materials — she scavenges for wires and pieces of discarded cell phones, which she uses to create her luminous wall installations. Her paintings on paper are rendered in acrylic and graphite, but she’s also experimenting with the use of latex and three-dimensional objects such as discarded metal tools.

In her most recent work, she has shifted from depicting male torsos to female faces that seem to reveal something or conceal it. She is currently based in Wilmington, Delaware where she continues her work as an artist and instructor.

Kist’s felt-making is significant as she strives to keep the art of her people alive. Felt making is one of the few crafts that are still taught to children in her community. Cultural tours visit her workshop where visitors can watch the process and purchase hats and other souvenirs.

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