Short biography

© Susanne Gabler
© Susanne Gabler

Susanne Gabler

Visual Arts

September, October, November 2021

Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Susanne Gabler lives and works as a visual artist in Wismar. After completing her studies in Applied Arts, she freelanced in the fields of fine arts, graphics and interior design. Since 2019, Gabler has been the managing director of Galerie Hinter dem Rathaus in Wismar, together with two other female artists.

In 2018, she received a state scholarship and lived and worked as an artist-in-residence in Iceland.

She develops and produces diverse art projects, art events and exhibitions for art institutions. She works in different collaborations, explores science communication, and her own artistic work focuses on objects, spatial installations, participatory art interventions and photography.

Injustices become recurrent content of her artistic work. In the process of creation she develops translations of initially abstract feelings. The primarily aesthetic objects allow easy approach, but in close observation, they are recognizable as drama. The artworks deliberately cause secondary feelings, through which the viewers experience the immediacy of her art. Her works reflect our conflict between consumption and preservation—between the structures of our habits and the resulting responsibility. The cycles of life that have existed since time immemorial are the basic principle of sustainability. Despite this knowledge, Gabler wonders why we ignore the consequences of action and abuse our limited lebensraum instead of correcting our actions. Gabler's art places the recipients in this confrontation. She observes the reflections that follow and fathoms our social entanglements in structures and desires.

In Wiepersdorf, Gabler wants to deal with the artifacts of neoliberalism: Does "good" come from "goods"? Or, vice versa, shouldn't "goods" be the derivative of "good"? What is the good? What are our highest goods? Who can't see, hear, or taste the loud and clearly worldly threats? Where is our goodness among all our goods? Neoliberalism works only finitely and only those at its top can profit. I look for the "good" in the goods and ask: Which goods actually deserve the predicate good?
Instagram: @susagabler