Susanne Kriemann (1972, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. She is professor for Artistic Photography at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe (2017-2023) and co-founder of the artist initiative ABA in Berlin.
Kriemann investigates the medium of photography in the context of social history and archival practice. With an extended notion of the photographic document, she reflects on the world as an analogue ‘recording system’ for human-caused processes. This has led to preoccupations with radioactivity and mining, archaeology and the notion of slow violence. A focus on ecology is prevalent in Kriemann’s subjects. To perceive polluted areas as vast photosensitive arrays is key to her understanding of landscape. An exceptional feature is the extraction of pigments from the investigated matter and the use of those pigments to produce her pictures.
Kriemann’s work was exhibited internationally at, among others, The Wattis Institute, San Francisco; Kunsthalle Wien, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Kunsthalle Winterthur. Recently, solo exhibitions of her work were on view at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg and Salonul de projecte, Bucarest. Kriemann has participated, among others, in the 3rd Chennai Photo Biennale, the 4th Kyiv Biennial, the 11th Shanghai Biennial, the 10th and 11th Gothenburg Biennial and the 5th Berlin Biennial. Furthermore, she participated in various artist residency programs including the 2019 NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore and The Goethe Institute, Colombo. Publications play a major role in her practice; since 1998 she has made seventeen artist books.