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 taught 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.
Finalist and resident artist of the 2018 “German Artists in Shanghai” residency program by Goethe-Institut Shanghai and the Shanghai Institute of Design of the China Academy of Art
Resident artist and ID-Identity workshop, Brownstone Foundation Paris.
WORKSHOP AND LECTURES
ID-Identity work shop, La Termica cultural center, Málaga, Spain
I am not artist! I am Susanne Junker, artist! Lecture, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Málaga, Spain
Researching Identity, artist talk, Goethe Institut Shanghai
ID-Identity workshop and exhibition, Red Line Art center, Denver, USA
Resident artist and ID-Identity workshop, 12C Raum für Kunst, Schnifis, Austria
ID-Identity workshop, Woman Museum, Hittisau, Austria
Culture Collide China, c/o pop Festival & C'n'B Conventions, Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany
To be like water, WhyWhyArt, curated by Zane Mellupe, Suzhou, China.
On starting another conversation about comparative feminism, WhyWhyArt, curated by Zane Mellupe, Nanjing, China.
ID-Identity Montvalent Art Festival, Montvalent, France.
Portrait-Parole, Green-Chills Festival, Paris, France.
The Artist is not Present Art is Present, WuZoren Art Foundation, curated by Tina Ting Zhang, Beijing, China.
Community Hospital, WhyWhy Art, curated by Zane Mellupe,
Playing with Beauty, RedLine Art Center, curated by Mark Sink,
Mauvais Genre, Addict Gallery, curated by Samantha Barroero,
Secret 7, Artist Collective, curated by Chris Gill, Shanghai, China.
ID-Identity, Brownstone Foundation (workshop, presentation), Paris, France.
ID-Identity, Women Museum Hittisau (workshop, presentation), Hittisau, Austria.
Paris, Shanghai, Schnifis, 12C Space for Art, Schnifis,, Austria.
Body Noise, Museum of Textile and Costum, curated by Wang Yuhong / Shanghai,China.
Féminité 0.1, Maison Particuliere, Brussels, Belgium.
Aviation, 1918 Art-Space / Shanghai, China.
Dialog IV Beijing-Jena, Volksbad, curated by Rolf Kluenter, Jena, Germany.
X-SPACE, Hubei Art Museum, curated by Liu Fan, Wuhan, China.
M120 ‒ Moganshan re-used!, Moganshan Lu 120, Shanghai, China.
Groupshow, Eastlink Gallery, curated by Li Liang, Shanghai, China.
Vomiting world, Teapot Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
Tete à tête, Galerie Acte 2 / Paris, France.
5 Shanghai Germans, stage 候台BACK project space, Shanghai, China.
BCDF, Moonriver MoCA, Beijing, China.
Our Lives, Xujiahui Art Center, curated by Wu Wenxing, Shanghai, China.
Geiles Globales Gesicht, stage 候台BACK project space, Shanghai, China.
Stage Back, Galerie Acte 2 Photo, Paris, France.
. . . bibliography coming soon . . .
© SusanneJunker 2019