Katalina Gutierrez is a freelance filmmaker and photographer currently based in New York. During the last three years, she has focused on creating shorts, working in documentary projects, and writing about women's representations in media. In 2013, she began the short film Ophelia-a story that captures the lives of two women from different times getting close to each other through a painting inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet. The film utilizes the nature of dreams to represent women's psyches and discusses certain historical gendered representations in western classical literature.
Katalina received her first camera at the age of fifteen while taking classes in photography and design in high school. She studied Fine Arts and Sociology with a focus in Painting and Photography in Latin America.
Katalina spent a year in Mexico City studying traditional painting techniques. During that time, she became passionate about capturing the most fascinating imagery from the landscape with her SLR camera. Exposed to the rich Mexican Aztec and Mayan culture, she created a picture book and also collaborated in a multimedia piece about poet and scholar Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Eventually, Katalina traveled to New Orleans, where she received a scholarship to study at the New Orleans Academy of Art. In New Orleans, she captured on camera the mystic subtleties of the French Quarter and the characters that are part of it, with their colorful masks and enchanting music. One year later, she moved to New York, seeking new elements for her work. Her photography and shorts have been influenced by German expressionism, and surrealism. Filmmakers such as Werner Schroeter, Andrei Tarkovsky, and the Quay Brothers have been a source of inspiration in her personal exploration. Katalina's interest in Asian philosophy and meditation has also influenced her work and creative practice.
Katalina’s latest photo exhibit titled The Double, took place in August of 2017 during the Latino Market Film Festival in New York City. Gutierrez is currently working on her MFA through the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College.
MFA in Integrated Media Arts. Hunter College. New York City. 2017-2020
Bachelor of Science in Film, Media, and Women Studies, . City University of New York. New York City. 2014-2017
Lighting Techniques for HD, School of Visual Arts. New York City. 2013
Bachelor of Photography and Sociology, University of Costa Rica.2012
English and Spanish