BATIA SUTER

  • BIO
  • WORKS
  • BOOKS
  • EXHIBITIONS

The Swiss-born, Amsterdam-based artist Batia Suter (b. 1967) studied at the art academies of Zürich (CH) and Arnhem (NL), and was also trained at the Werkplaats Typografie. Suter produces monumental installations of digitally manipulated images for specific locations, and works on photo-animations, image sequences and collages, often using found historical pictures. In 2007 and 2016 she published Parallel Encyclopedia and Parallel Encyclopedia #2, artist books based on compositions of images taken from old books she has collected along the years. Her other books Surface Series, Radial Grammar and Hexamiles (Mont-Voisin) are evocative montages of found images exploring the diverse resonances of geological shapes and landscapes, visual surfaces and image structures. The underlying themes of Batia Suter’s practice are the ‘iconification’ and ‘immunogenicity’ of images, and the circumstances by which they become charged with new associative values. Her work intuitively situates old images in new contexts to provoke sur- prising reactions and significative possibilities. By this method, and with an attuned sensitivity to hidden harmonies and expressive accidents, Suter thus generates hypnagogic spaces where pictures can communicate by their own logic, in a force field of imaginative metamorphosis.

upcoming
Keijiban / Kanazawa JP (solo)

Fatamorgana / Jeu de Paume, Paris FR (group)
100% Wool (artist book) / Roma Publications, Amsterdam NL (solo)

2021
Re:Re:Re / AG - Ruimte voor nieuwe kunst en media, Utrecht NL (group)
Animalities / Arcoop Wall Project, Geneva CH (group)
Alt.+1000 / Festival de photographie, Valée de La Brévine, Le Locle CH (group)
Villa Romana Florence IT (group)
Multiplicity / Images Gibellina IT (group)
The Garden of Delight / exibition in the public space by the Netherlands Ambassy / Budapest (group) Più nuovo più grande più museo / Palazzo dei Musei / Reggio Emilia IT (group)
A change of scenery / Madame Bovary in the village of Ry / Frac Normandie Rouen FR (group)

2020
Festival Images 2020 / Vevey CH (group/solo)
Constellations: a choreography of minimal gestures / Museu Coleção Berardo Lisbon PT (group)
The Lives and Loves of Images / Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2020, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen DE (group) Wallpaper / Le Labo, Geneva CH (group)

2019
MOMENTA 2019 The Life of Things / Biennale de l’image, Montreal CA (group)
La Mesure du Monde, Musée régional d’art contemporain Occitanie at Serignan FR (group)
Praise of the misunderstanding (Elogi del malentès) / M|A|C Mataró Art Contemporani, Barcelona SP (group) Bookworks / MUMA Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne AU (group)
Hexamiles (Mont-Voisin) Barrage de Mauvoisin / Museum Bagnes CH (solo)
Hexamiles (Odysee) / Schaufenster, Kunstverein München DE (solo)
Cloud Service / Projectspace Printed Matter, New York US (solo)
Lost and Found / Lasalle Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore SG (group)
des attentions / Crédac, Paris FR (group)
The Gulf Between / Cultuurhuis de Warande, Turnhout BE (group)

2018
Parallel Encyclopedia Extended / The Polygon Gallery, Vancouver CA (group)
Cream Cheese and Pretty Ribbons / Galerie Martin Janda, Wien AT (group)
Radial Grammar / Le Bal, Paris FR (solo)
Sole Summary / Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris FR (solo)
Nature Grammar / SNCF Gare Montparnasse, Paris FR (solo)
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 / Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt a. M. DE (group) Rendez-vous met Frans Hals / Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem NL (group)
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 / The Photographers’ Gallery, London GB (group)
Conjure Show / Centre Cívic Can Felipa, Barcelona SP (group)
FLIP - About Image Construction / KASK School of Arts, Ghent (BE)
Some Things Hidden / Framer Framed, Amsterdam NL (group)

2017
Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion / Graham Foundation , Chicago USA (group) Arts & Music Festival Horst / Castel van Horst, Sint Pieters-Rode BE (group)
Flava - Solo Annaquato / COLLI, Rome (group)
Les Nouveaux Encyclopédistes / Fotografia Europea 2017, Reggio Emilia IT (group)
À l’Antique / Musée des Antiquités (RMM) & FRAC Normandie, Rouen FR (group)

2016
Where the Other Rests / Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles FR (group) 3500m2 / Open City, Rome IT (group)
For Every Purpose / P-Exclamation, New York USA (group)
Artists’ Documents: Art, Typography, and Collaboration / MMCA, Seoul KR (group) Quickscan / Fotomuseum, Rotterdam NL (group)

2015
Sea Of Ice / Kunstwerke, Berlin DE (solo)
Earth Effect / Fotografia Europea 2015, Reggio Emilia IT (group)
Something Thrown in the Way of the Observer / Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam NL (group) The Whole World, Up To Today / Centre d’Art Contemporain, Annemasse F (group)
YES YES YES alternative press / COLLI, Rome IT (group)
Les Récits de l’Insu / Micro Onde, Vélizy-Villacoublay FR (group)

2014
Roma Publications 1998-2014 / Fondazione Giuliani, Rome IT (group) 25x25x25 / Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster DE (solo)
Vanishing Point / MIART Fantom Magazin & Macelleria, Milan IT (solo) Various Artists / Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zürich CH (group)
Some Things Perishable / Nest, Den Haag NL (group)
Staged City / Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam NL (group)

2013
5 x 3 / Kunstraum, Düsseldorf DE (group)
Beyond Frames / Reframe Festival, Eindhoven NL (group)
Perspectives on Collage / The Photographers Gallery, London UK (group)

2012
Dear Aby Warburg / Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen DE (group)
Caverne Cabinet ou les objets du degluge / Biennale de Belleville II, Paris FR (group) Autumn of modernism / De Vleeshal, Middelburg NL (group)

2011
Limits of an object / Forde, Geneva CH (group)
Fantastique Elastique / Galerie Francesca Pia, Zürich CH (group)
Nos hicimos la ilusion / Espai Cultural Obra Social Caja Madrid, Barcelona ES (group) Atlas at last / ESADHaR, Rouen FR (group)

Provisional Space / Castillo Corrales, Paris FR (group)
Esta puerta pide clavo / Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent BE (group)
Beyond the Dust, Artist’s Documents Today #3/ Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris FR (group)

2010
Beyond the Dust, Artist’s Documents Today’ #2 / La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan IT (group) Beyond the Dust, Artist’s Documents Today / De Vleeshal, Middelburg NL (group)
Use Me, Abuse Me / New York Photo Festival #10, New York City US (group)
Roma Publications @ Motto Berlin / Motto, Berlin DE (group)

Publications (selection)

2021
Repetition, Reproduction and Circulation, The Lives of Images Vol.1 / Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa / Aperture NY / interview
Research for People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create / Onomatopee Projects & Research Center of the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences / article

2020
Artists as Iconographers / éditions Empire Geneva CH / insert
YET magazine / Zürich, Lausanne CH / article
The Photography as Contemporary Art / Thames & Hudson / article
Festival Images / catalogue / Vevey CH
FOAM #56 international photography magazine / Amsterdam NL / contribution SALON #13 / Salon-Verlag Köln DE / contribution
Elvira #10 / HEAD Geneva CH / leporello

2019
Edit No 78-79 / Spector Books Leipzig DE / article
Hexamiles (Odysee) / Kunstverein München DE / leaflet
Cloud Service / Printed Matter, New York US & Roma Publications, Amsterdam NL / artistbook Elogi del malentés catalogue / Diputacio Area de Cultura Barcelona SP

2018
How We See / 10 x 10 Photobooks, New York City USA / article
The Plant Magazine #13 / Barcelona SP / insert
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 / catalogue
GUP magazine 58 / xpublishers BV, Amsterdam NL / article
Kunst Bulletin 7-8 CH / article by J. Emil Sennewald
Radial Grammar / Le Bal, Paris FR & Roma Publications, Amsterdam NL / artistbook De Gids 2018-1 / Amsterdam NL / insert
Het Blad / NRC Handelsblad NL / article

2017
The Cabinet / Mac Guffin Magazin #5, Amsterdam 2017 NL / insert Source, the Photographic Review Issue 90 / Belfast IE / article
Art Press #442 Mars 2017 / Paris FR / article

2016
Metropolis M #6 / Amsterdam NL / insert, article
The Photobook Review #011 / Paris Photo Edition, Aperture New York US / article
The White Review #17 / London UK / insert
Parallel Encyclopedia #2 / Roma Publications, Amsterdam NL / artistbook
Where the Other Rests / Catalogue Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles FR / catalogue Quickscan / Fotomuseum, Rotterdam NL / catalogue

2015
Photography Is Magic / Aperture New York USA / catalogue
EXTRA18, Fotografie in Context / Foto Museum, Antwerp BE / article ROMA Publications 1998-2014 / Fondazione Giuliani, Rome IT / catalogue Earth Effect / European Photography, Reggio Emilia IT / catalogue

2014
Kontur #10, Winter 2014 / Tecklenborg Verlag, Steinfurt DE / article
October 149, Summer 2014 / MIT Press, Cambridge UK / article
A School for Design Fiction Workbook / Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig DE / insert

2013
Photography - Order / Disorder / Streulicht #2, Vienna AT / insert Les Prairies / Contemporary Art Biennial, Rennes FR / catalogue L’image deja la / Les carnets du Bal #02, Paris FR / article

2012
Dear Aby Warburg... / Museum für Gegenwartkunst, Siegen DE / catalogue Novembre #4.2 / Artmagazine, Lausanne CH / insert
Autumn of Modernism / Roma Publications, Amsterdam NL / catalogue

2011
Surface Series / Roma Publications, Amsterdam NL / artistbook
Beyond the Dust, Artist’s Documents Today / Roma Publications, Amsterdam NL / catalogue

2010
Fantom Editions Issue 05 - Autumn 2010 / Photographic Quarterly, Milan IT / insert
Use Me, Abuse Me / Catalogue New York Photo Festival #10, New York City US / catalogue

Awards (selection)

2020
Nomination Berry Koedam Award / FKA Witte de With, Rotterdam NL

2018
Nomination Swiss Art Awards 2018, Bundesamt für Kultur Switzerland CH
Nomination Parallel Encyclopedia #2 / Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

2017
Nomination Parallel Encyclopedia #2 / Best Photobook selections 2016/2017 Kassel DE Stipendium / Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam NL
Award Parallel Encyclopedia #2 / The Best Dutch Book Designs 2017 NL

2016
Shortlist Parallel Encyclopedia #2 / Photobook Awards 2016 Paris Photo & Aperture Foundation

2012
Publicationsubsidie / Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam NL
Stipendium / Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam NL
Nomination Surface Series / Photobook Award, 5th International Photobook Festival, Kassel DE

2011
Publicatiesubsidie / Fonds voor beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam NL

Commissions (selection)

2021
Lecture with Danaé Panchaud / Spectrum Days - Photography in Switzerland / ETH Zurich CH
Lecture / PAGE NOT FOUND Space for Publishing as Artistic Practice, The Hague NL
Lecture / Friends of Jeu de Paume, Paris FR
Guest Lecture / Master Photography & Society, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag NL

2020
Jurymember Carte Blanche / Paris Photo FR
External Critic / Werkplaats Typografie (Master Graphic Design) ARTEZ Arnhem NL Guest teacher at HEAD Geneva (2020-2021), department Information/Fiction CH Guest Lecture / Academy of Finearts HGB Leipzig DE
Guest Lecture / Akademie der Künste, Berlin DE

2019
Jurymember Berlagefonds / Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam NL
Art Talk with Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa / Printed Matter, New York US

2018
Q&A Photobooks by women / Foam, Amsterdam NL
Guest Lecture / St Lucas University College of Art & Design, Antwerp BE
Final Jury / Aperture PhotoBook Awards, Paris FR
Art Talk The Exhibition as Medium / Paris Photo FR
Art Conversation / Helga Pakasaar, Polygon Gallery, Vancouver CA
Art Talk / Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver CA
Art Talk / Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (HGK) Basel CH
Interview Par le temps qui courent / Marie Richeux, Broadcast Radio France Culture FR
Art Talk Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 / The Photographers’ Gallery, London GB

2017
Lecture Information Design, Design Academy Eindhoven NL
Talk On the shoulders of giants / Ketelfactory Schiedam NL
External examiner graduation, Department of Graphic Design / ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem NL Jury member GRA-award, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam NL

2016
Talk Classrooms / NY Art Bookfair, Moma PS1 New York USA

2015
Teaching at TXT, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam NL
Lecture Book Salon / Jan Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht NL
Symposium Reading the World / Institut for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna AU

2009 –2010
Teaching Visual Arts / Photography at the Hogeschool Voor de Kunsten Utrecht NL