Vivian Suter (Argentina, 1949)
Suter’s pictures and the photographic works and paper sketches she creates alongside them are depictions, commentaries and interpretations of her outer and inner surroundings. But they are also appropriations of these. They appropriate themselves to their surroundings, and in turn are appropriated by these very surroundings. Travelling through North and Central America in 1982, Vivian Suter arrived in 1982 in Panajachel — a village on the Atitlan Lake — and stayed on, making her home on the grounds of a former coffee plantation. Since the early 1980s, most of her artistic works have been created against this backdrop, and many have become a part of it.