Susanne Kriemann: Canopy

May 31–July 28
Susanne Kriemann, Gessenwiese, Kanigsberg, 2018
Wattis Institute | 360 Kansas St, San Francisco

Opening reception: Thursday, May 31, 6:30-8:30pm

Within her research-based work, Susanne Kriemann investigates the medium of photography in the context of social history and archival practice. With an extended notion of the photographic document, Kriemann has most recently reflected on the world as an analogue "recording system" for human-caused processes. This has led to preoccupations with radioactivity and mining but also with archaeology and landmarks. Change and obsolescence, and the presence of humans in our physical surroundings, are common themes in her work.

In her first solo exhibition in the United States, Kriemann investigates concepts of scale, proximity, and distance in relation to radioactivity and the body. Centred on the mineral pechblende (the German word for a type of uraninite), the work traces a history of scientific and photographic processes narrated through the interconnected sites of laboratory, archive, museum and mine. The exhibition—composed of five interrelated elements—examines how photographic exposure can be experienced as a process. Fugitive, radioactive materials and the transition of natural light in the space form the basis for this new site-specific installation.

Exploring the material dynamic of radioactivity, Kriemann proposes an alternative notion of the time- and space-based photographic image.


Susanne Kriemann (b. 1972, Erlangen, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and Karlsruhe.

Curated by Kim Nguyen and organized by Leila Grothe. The exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of Lorna Meyer, the Wattis Leadership Council, and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

[ Image detail: Susanne Kriemann, Gessenwiese, Kanigsberg, 2018; installation view, Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam; Courtesy of the artist and Wilfried Lentz  ]