Photographer but also a film director, she has produced over thirty documentary films. Since 1980, together with the anthropologists Jean Paul Colleyn and Marc Augé, she has directed and produced a series of documentaries centered on animist practices in rural and urban West Africa, in Mali, Ivory Coast, Togo, Senegal, in Brazil, Venezuela, also in Germany, Belgium and France. Co-author of the two books which refer to those documentary films, she was also curator with Jean-Paul Colleyn, for the exhibition of photograph and African art. Bases in France, she exhibits her photographs international-wise, published a numerous works in collaboration with different museums.
1998 Museum for natural history Milan
2001 Parc de la villette, Paris
2001 Museum for African Art, New York
2002 Rietberg Museum, Zurich
2002 Museum for natural history, Lyon
2003 Museum for African Art, Milwaukee
2004 Centre Culturel Français, Bamako
2004 EHESS, Paris
2005 Grande Masse des Beaux Arts, Paris
2005 Galerie Forêt Verte, Paris
2006 Galerie Forêt Verte, Paris
2006-2007 Musée National du Mali, Bamako
2008 Galerie Olivier Castellano, Paris
2009 Regards en Ricochet, Galerie Olivier Castellano, Paris
2010 Mali Paysages de Catherine de Clippel, Galerie Olivier Castellano, Paris
2011 Participation à l'exposition « Vaudou » à la Fondation Cartier, Paris
2011 Participation à l'exposition « Devenir l'Autre, Incursions dans les mondes animaux », Galerie Ephémère, Thuin, Belgique
2011 Portraits de Grands Singes. Une exposition d'art contemporain dans les zoos européens, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, Paris
2011 Chasseurs, guérisseurs et devins, Rituels d'Afrique, Centre Culturel Français de Hanoï
2012 Becoming a Man. Vietnam Museum of ethnology. Hanoi, Vietnam
2012 Mud Brick Architecture in Mali. Hosted by Post-Vidai Vietnamese Art Collection, Saigon Domaine, HCMC, Vietnam
Some of the films
1982 "The Roads of Nya" - 16 mm, colors film, Colleyn in collaboration with J-J Peché and C. De Clippel.
1987 "Chronic of a Dry Season" I and IV - 16 mm, colors films. Collaboration of M. Bonmariage and C. De Clippel
1988 "The Goddess Object" - 16 mm, Colors film. Colleyn and De Clippel in collaboration with M. Augé and J-P Dozon.
1989 "Daughters of Vaudou and The Exit of the Masques" - 16 mm films. Colleyn and De Clippel in collaboration with Augé and Dozon.
1995 "Clichés" - in collaboration with M. Bonmariage and E. Kapnist
1998 Bamanaya. "The Art of Existence in Mali". Milan, Central Study of African Archeology. Colleyn and De Clippel.
2001 Bamana. "The Art of existence in Mali". Museum for African Art. New York.
2002 Museum Rietberg. Zurich.
1999 Bamana and Bamanaya. “Tribal Arts” Summer/Autumn. De Clippel and Colleyn.
2001 "Mali Kow". La Grande Halle de la Vilette Paris. J-P Colleyn, Manthia Diawar, C. De Clippel and Ed. Indigène.
2002 Black Renaissance. New York
2003 "Mali, Another Looks". Paris - Bleu-Vents de Sables.
2005 "The Rituals of Mandé", Video film. De Clippel in collaboration with the National Museum of Mali
2006 "The African Ciwara, Chimères"