Regarding the world as a “recording system” of human-caused environmental predicaments, the artistic practice of Susanne Kriemann unfolds through research-based investigations that engage with analogue photographic processes, social history, and archival practices often employing camera-less procedures and topical materials. In the last few years, these preoccupations coalesced in a complex body of works that explore the invisible catastrophes and streaks of slow violence generated by radioactivity as well as the intersections of military technologies and post-war industrial developments.
In this talk, Kriemann will discuss Pechblende (German for pitchblende, a type of uraninite), her ongoing project that addresses the rehabilitation of contaminated grounds, and will expand on the extended notion of the photographic document in her work.
Susanne Kriemann (b. 1972, Germany) is an artist and Professor for Artistic Photography at the University of Art and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include Canopy, canopy at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, United States (2018) and Dyeing until the water runs clean, at the Kunstforum Baloise, Basel, Switzerland (2017). Her works have also included in numerous international group shows such as the 11th Shanghai Biennale, China (2016) and the 5th Berlin Biennale, Germany (2008), among many others. Together with artist and filmmaker Aleksander Komarov, she co-founded the artist-run initiative Air Berlin Alexanderplatz.
Image caption: Susanne Kriemann, In the Belly of the Whale, 2016, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, exhibition view. Courtesy the artist.