Suse Weber Born in 1970 in Leipzig, Germany | Lives and works in Berlin and BrĂĽssel


Suse Weber

Suse Weber

Suse Weber works in such diverse media as sculpture, sound, installation, film, theater, and performance. In her mostly large-scale installations, she develops a specific semiotic system that suggests the emblematics of national symbols, elements from club heraldry, or coat of arms symbols, but also works in quotations from art history and historical and political references.

Weber’s development of her own symbols generates a vocabulary that is employed in the sense of a personalized iconography and is continually placed in new contexts and worked into a variety of objects in her installations. In the creation of her works, Suse Weber uses a combination of industrially produced raw materials and materials she has made herself that, due to their handcrafted perfection, approach the quality of mass produced industrial products. Her emblematic sculpturesare conceived out of this mix. They are three-dimensional works or stage-like scenarios in which the artist generally makes personal appearances at set times and, in a special system adapted to each individual installation, uses the objects that she calls marionettes to act out a story.

Suse Weber’s works reflect tradition and power, symbolic systems and social structures. And can also, as in the work,Dönerpuppe,raise questions concerning identity and belonging. The installation created in 2004 compares Turkish and East German symbols, while touching upon points of social conflict like integration processes, suppression, mechanisms of repression, and dealing with “foreign” mentalities.


1995-2000 Universität der Künste Berlin
1998 Royal College of Art, London

Awards (selection)

2008 Stiftung Kunstfonds
2007 Josef und Hilde Wilberz Stiftung, Mönchengladbach
2005 Elektroakustisches Studio | Projektförderung der Akademie der Künste / Kunstfonds Bonn

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2010 Suse Weber und Simon Thompson, 20a Northburg Street London
Suse Weber. Tanzschule fĂĽr eine Marionette, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin
2009 Suse Weber: Formula: Congorama #3, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, BrĂĽssel
Marta SMS, Kunstverein Lingen zu Gast im Museum Marta Herford
Formel:Congorama, Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerpen
Formel:Verein, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin
Formel:Congorama #1, Troubleyn Laboratorium, Antwerpen
2008 Formel:Verein, MMIII Kunstverein Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach
2007 Kunstsoldaten, Montgomery, Berlin
2006 DTO – Emblematische Skulptur, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2005 Fort Trommel – Symbole mit neuer DNA, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden
2004 Schöne Schwarze Belgierin, The Service Antwerpen, Antwerpen
Dönerpuppe, Galerie Meerrettich Berlin, Pavillion der Volksbühne, Berlin
2003 Das Ziel, gemeinsam mit PTR, Autocenter, Berlin
Schwarzblut Neid, Maschenmode – Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

Group exhibitions (selection)

2010 studies & theory, KWADRAT, Berlin
2009 System, M.1, Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt
Full of Emptiness, Bel etage, Berlin
Berlin 2000, Pace Wildenstein, New York
2008 Die Wiederholung der Zeichen, Gebert Stiftung, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Vollendete Zukunft, Galerie Parterre, Berlin APPELL, Verbeke Foundation, Kemseke, Belgium
2007 Autocenter, Berlin
2006 Meerettich on Ice, VolksbĂĽhne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
Construction, Ratio and Sense, Galerie Galerist, Istanbul