Continuing its activities since its launch in 2016, the Susch Institute began executing a long-term research programme in January 2023. It will be based on elaboration of the oeuvre of women artists from Central & Eastern Europe: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The principal subject of the research by the Susch Institute will be works of women artists from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. To provide a historical context, our research will also extend to earlier decades, with particular attention to the avant-garde of the 1920s and 30s. In our work we wish to focus primarily on avant-garde women artists experimenting with new media and techniques, but also those achieving innovative results using traditional techniques.
The focus of the Susch Institute team is mainly on women artists whose oeuvre, for various reasons, has not been recognised within a broader context to date or has not previously been catalogued (or only partially or locally), as well as those whose works have been forgotten, once well-known but have since been overlooked.
For this reason, an important part of the institute’s activity includes not only research. By this we understand also elaboration of the artists’ oeuvre, including an inventory of materials, scanning materials, drafting thorough substantive descriptions of specific items, and documentation of ephemeral activities. On this basis, detailed timelines of the work of specific artists will be created, as well as a joint timeline of the artistic activity of women in this region of the world.
A result of the research will be a book to be published by the Susch Institute, planned for the end of 2027.
In 2023, the Susch Institute is focusing its research on the work of women artists from the Balkans.
First Edition Instituto Susch (2016-2020)
Instituto Susch collaborated from 2016-2020 with its first partner, the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. The Director of the Basel Art Institute, Spanish curator and art historian Chus Martínez, developed in collaboration with other Associate Scholars The Women’s Centre of Excellence and the digital Women’s Library, both situated at and embedded in the structure of the Basel Academy.
The Women’s Center for Excellence hosted in this programme a series of symposia since autumn 2018, documented in a 'Promise no Promises!' podcasts series on the websites of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, and at Art Stations Foundation CH. The bibliography of the digital Women’s Library can also be viewed here.
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