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With a fascination for cross-media practices and an affinity to narratives and stories, Suzan Noesen has shaped her practice in various forms from painting and video installations, staged photographs to, more recently, artistic fiction film. She currently holds a special interest in the relationship between mental and “real” spaces, the body and movement and the social dimension in gestures, language and visual patterns.

Noesen questions the role of art in its act of differentiating and categorizing society and morals with the use of aesthetic codes. Simultaneously, her work dwells on the more frail and tender side of human nature. Distinctive codes of behavior and appearances serve as starting points in her work to play and question ideas of intellectual hierarchy and moral superiority.

In her aesthetic approach, Suzan Noesen explores ways of creating a space for observation and perception. With her installations, she seeks to engage the viewers viscerally on a sensory, emotional and mental level, in a desire to bring them to a state of self-reflection. Despite the staged settings, her photographic works have a strong awareness of processes which hints towards the involvement of “reality” within performativity itself. There is no real outside without an inside. Both are grown together. Her canvases are like silky wear, an envelope for the mind.

Suzan Noesen’s work is akin to an experimental anthropological research with a distinct pictorial language. There is a feel of entertaining fiction. A lush multimedia universe made of sensory, visual, sound, textural and textual echoes, lures the audience into a dreamlike state, revealing, behind first appearances, something immediate and bare.

Through her works, Suzan Noesen likes to provoke communication between different social horizons, be it in her own direct social environment or in general. After her studies in arts, she gathered experience in social change projects, living in an ecovillage community and self-sufficient organized houses. Today, she lives in an intergenerational cohabitation with her grandmother.

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Suzan Noesen studied Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK), in the “autonoom” section with a focus on conceptual, interdisciplinary and performance art. She also followed voice training workshops and physical theatre courses at Theaterschool Amsterdam (AHK). After her BFA Suzan Noesen worked as an independent artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam and spend several months at a research residency in the Ecovillage “Sieben Linden”, where she was trained in different community communication and decision-making techniques. After her stay in the former East German rural area, she continued her postgraduate studies in Fine Arts studies with a focus on painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig (HGB). Suzan Noesen lives and works in Luxembourg.

  • 2020 | LEAP Prize | Rotondes, Luxembourg | group | cat.
  • 2020 | Labyrinth der gestischen Tropen | CAPE Centre des Arts Pluriels Ettelbrück | solo
  • 2021 | Brave New World Order | Rotondes / Casino Luxembourg –Forum d’Art contemporain | group | curated by Kevin Muhlen
  • 2019 | Livre d’heures | BlackBox Casino Luxembourg- Forum d’art contemporain | solo
  • 2019 | Points-of-view | Cercle Cité, Luxembourg | duo | curated by Anouk Wies
  • 2019 | At the Car Dealer | Pop-up show, Leipzig | group | curated by Ines Brands
  • 2019 | Cherry Pickers | Podium Podium, Luxembourg | group | curated by Stilbé Schroeder and Vincent Crapon
  • 2018 | blindfolded | Konschthaus beim Engel, Luxembourg | solo as lauréate Bourse Francis-André | curated by FOCUNA
  • 2018 | Destillat | Kaufhaus Held, Leipzig | group | curated by Jan Apitz, Julian Rauter and Sophie Thomas for Lindenow #14, Leipzig
  • 2018 | Freedom of the Body | Pop-up format, Luxembourg | group | curated by Friday Island
  • 2017 | Sensibility as Media | pop-up show, Luxembourg | group | curatorial project as smartransfers, Luxembourg
  • 2017 | Artistes révoltés ou domestiqués | Atelier D, Dudelange | group | curated by Nora Wagner
  • 2016 | und ich dachte Sie wären nur ein armer Schlucker | Kommunalka, Leipzig | group | curated by Ines Brand, Lydia Wahrig and Florian Harrlandt
  • 2016 | Klassentreffen | Kulturstiftung Bayer, Leverkusen | group | curated by Andrea Peters | cat.
  • 2015 | Stimmungsmache| GapGap, Leipzig | solo
  • 2015 | Transmission | Gallery Triumph, Moscow | group | curated by Olga Vostretsova and Kristina Semenova | cat.
  • 2014 | SomaChroma| Bükü, Leipzig | solo| as part of the series Backstage Painting
  • 2014 | Die Pferde sind tot| Forum Kunst Rottweil | group | cat.
  • 2013 | Cercle Artistique Luxembourg| Exit, Luxembourg | group | cat.
  • 2013 | Winterwille | Pilotenküche/Spinnerei, Leipzig | group | curated by Kontingenzkollektiv
  • 2012 | Visual Detention and Distance | Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam | performance| as part of Capital A
  • 2012 | Kann es Liebe sein? | Grimmuseum, Berlin| group | curated by Gilles Neiens and Nora Mayr
  • 2012 | Kann es Liebe sein? | Cercle Cité, Luxembourg | group | curated by Gilles Neiens and Nora Mayr
  • 2012 | Kann es Liebe sein? | Sammlung Lenikus, Wien| group | curated by Gilles Neiens and Nora Mayr
  • 2012 | Répèretoire | Festival Schmelzkultur Steinfort | performance
  • 2012 | to make a show it takes a thought and more than a word | Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam | group
  • 2012 | Gemeinschaft und soziale Werkzeuge | Pop-up show KLP Wendland | group | project by STRCHHLZSCHCHTLCHN
  • 2011 | more information togather at the opening | AP/Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam | solo
  • 2011 | Projektionsfläche | Pop-up show, Sieben Linden | solo
  • 2011 | In Between | Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam | group
  • 2010 | Moved by Position | Centrale Bibliotheek Den Haag | performance-intervention
  • 2010 | Zwillingspflaumen haben zwei Kerne | Secondhome Projects, Berlin | duo
  • 2010 | groenlicht | Pop-up show, De Besturing, The Hague | group
  • 2010 | Waiting for the Sun | KABK, The Hague | performance
  • 2010 | The Coffee Cycle | KABK, The Hague | performance
  • 2009 | Stairrolling | KABK, The Hague | performance
  • 2009 | Nine Actions | Gallery KABK, The Hague | group performance | as part of 325 anniversary programm
  • 2008 | Valse Hoop | Villa Nuts, The Hague | group
  • 2008 | Magic | Stichting STOEMP, The Hague | group
  • 2008 | Sorry for Saying Sorry | KABK, The Hague | performance
  • 2008 | Yellow Room | Pop-up at Stroom studio-house, The Hague | performance
  • 2019 | Livre d’heures | short | independent production in collaboration with Yasin Özen | involved as Director, Writer, Producer, Actress, Painter
  • 2020 | Book of Hours (EN Title Livre d’heures) |16th FEST New Directors | New Films Festival NEXXT competition
  • 2019 | Livre d’heures | BlackBox Casino Forum d’art contemporain
  • 2019 | Livre d’heures | 9th Luxembourg City Film Festival (national premiere)
  • 2020 | shortlist LEAP Luxembourg Encouragement for Artists Prize
  • 2019 | nominee International Edward Steichen Award
  • 2018 | laureat of FOCUNA Bourse Francis-André, including residency at Annexes Bourglinster
  • 2018 | Bourse CNA
  • 2018 | nominee Lëtz Arles stART-up for Les Rencontres d’Arles
  • 2018 | Carte Blanche by Film Fund Luxembourg
  • 2018 | Aide à la Création by Ministery of Culture
  • 2017 | Grant Œuvre Grande-Duchesse Charlotte Fonds stART-up
  • 2011 | EU Leonardo stipend for artistic research residency at Ecovillage Sieben Linden
  • 2020 | Fonderie Darling, Montréal (CA)
  • 2018 | Annexes Bourglinster | as laureat of FOCUNA Bourse Francis-André
  • 2017 | Atelier D, Dudelange | micro-résidence Artistes révoltés ou domestiqués
  • 2011 | Ecovillage Sieben Linden | artistic research : What would be the role of art in a sustainable society?
  • 2019 | workshop and masterclass at Luxembourg City Film Festival
  • 2019 | painting series for EU LEADER HISTOSCHOOL project of commune Septfontaines
  • 2017 | series of video workshops for teenagers at Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain
  • 2014 | workshop Ist eine Kunstklasse eine Gemeinschaft? at the exhibition AGzkL, Gallery HGB Leipzig