The multi-disciplinary practice of Suzanne Bernhardt always originates from a specific location. Fieldwork, material experiments and immaterial memories from people form the fundamental basis for this collaborative work. Suzanne uses trace as an act and as an artifact to translate the moving, the inquiry, the path into the solid, the residue. These residues become the speculative players of performances, food events, workshops, film, and settle into everyday life.
Her recent exchange with Amerindian ceramic artists from the Amazon has turned her practice into cyclical movement, rooting down, reflecting, and going deeper. Learning about specific primordial technologies in clay and taking part in the daily lives and routines of the people practicing this ancient knowledge. Following this movement, Suzanne now researches how this indigenous knowledge – that we might have lost – can be traced back through ourselves and our surroundings, regardless of the origin. Making use of food as a vehicle she focusses on developing new habits and material surroundings in collaboration with both human and non-human local settlers.
Suzanne Bernhardt studied fine arts at Rietveld Academie (2012/16) and spent the last years exploring materials and mythology at different residencies from the Ruhr Area in Germany, to Moengo in Suriname, between Mana and Maripasoula in French Guyana and in de Vogelbuurt in Amsterdam Noord where she is based. She was resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands, during 2021 and 2022.
This programme is generously supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UK and Mondriaan Funds.