Susanne Junker is an artist with focus on photography. Born 1973 in Germany, she lives and works in Paris, France. Autodidact, her work concentrates on identity and femininity. Practicing observation of herself since early childhood, Susanne has used her own body as a canvas for interpretation of social themes, feminist and female behaviour and turned around her meiotic exposure to firstly break the preconception of her then current job as a model in the 1990s and her own struggle with what she describes as "24/7 demanded perfection". Since then, she embraced themes of gender identification, the objectivisation of women and the use of sexuality in media via photography, video, drawing and performance. In times when everyone calls themselves an artist on social media, she refuses to be categorised as a female artist and proclaims: “I am not an artist, I am Susanne Junker, artist!”. This slogan and her created hashtag #femaleartisthashtagsucks emphasises that Junker’s work is based on her individuality and not her gender and underlines the seriousness of working as an artist in our society. In the fall of 2018 she resided at the Design campus of the China Academy of Art in Shanghai where she thaught a workshop titled “Researching Identity” to propose a new way of teaching trough artistic exercise and empowering young students while they discovered identity and individuality.
Additionally, Junker founded and directed stage候台BACK, an artist run space in Shanghai, China from 2008 – 2013.
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