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Susanne Carl | Artist

Photo: Berny Meyer

Susanne Carl is a freelance artist living in Nuremberg. Her work is based on her fascination for masks and people. She moves playfully and easily between the genres of staging, performance, photography, sculpture, and interactive art projects. The options of her preferred medium, the mask, are explored with great variety and precision. In this way, the artist creates surprising visual worlds with often paradoxical, humorous and at the same time profound perspectives. The crossover artist between worlds cooperates on a project basis with theaters and museums as well as with places far removed from art. She is convinced that art is a means of life.

The following book project was supported by the Foundation:

"I am not in this world," Staged Photography, Susanne Carl, Bruno Weiß, 152 pages, German/English, numerous color illustrations. Text Thomas Heyden. Published by the Institute of Modern Art Nuremberg in the Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna. 2016ISBN 978-3-903131-13-2; 24.-.

In the illustrated, staged photographs, Susanne Carl brings to life a multitude of characters with specially created masks, wigs, and detailed costumes. In the process, she convincingly slips into the multifaceted range of roles herself. Real locations are carefully selected as settings for the scenic compositions. In collaboration with photographer Bruno Weiß, surprising and touching images are created, which inevitably become the seeds of stories: sad, funny and abysmal.

  • Susanne Carl, freelance artist
  • lives in Nuremberg, grew up at the Chiemsee
  • currently -  Interactive art projects and performative actions, staged photography, workshops. The basis is the cross-genre exploration of masks
  • Studied free art and art education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg
  • Further training at home and abroad on performance, physical theater, clown and comedy, mask theater
  • Since 1995, teaching positions at various universities
  • 2003 - 2007, performances in numerous Blue Nights in Nuremberg with the art figure Rosi
  • 2007 Founding member of the artist group LeoPART (focus on research participatory, site-specific art projects)
  • Since 2003 project-related collaborations with Staatstheater Nuremberg and Kassel, Schauspielhaus Graz, Landestheater Salzburg and therapy center Diakonie, geriatric nursing school Caritas, palliative care Erlangen, company GAF Munich and many more
  • Since 2018 participatory art projects with museums e.g. JUST PERFECT, 2020, Germanisches Nationalmuseum / KPZ Nuremberg
  • 1991 Art Promotion Prize of the City of Lauf
  • 2007 Prize of the City of Nuremberg for Art and Science - Nuremberg Scholarship
  • 2015 Paula Maurer Prize, Nuremberg, 2nd prize
  • 2016, I am not in this world, with photographer Bruno Weiß, exhibition at Zumikon Nuremberg, and publication, cooperation Institute for Modern Art Nuremberg.
  • 2016,  Alter Ego Amberg - Reflections, site-specific exhibition with artist Regina Pemsl, City Gallery Alte Feuerwache in the City Museum Amberg.
  • 2017,  People inside and outside, exhibition Gallery Kunstkontor Nuremberg
  • 2018/19, ichDÜRERdu - participatory art project with masks at the Nuremberg Autumn Folk Festival and exhibition at Dürerhaus Nuremberg
  • 2019, Who are you?, participatory format/art action with masks, Nuremberg Toy Museum, presentation
  • 2020, JUST PERFECT - participatory art project with masks on the relativity of beauty, State Theater Kassel and  KPZ / Germanic National Museum Nuremberg
  • Buch Ich bin nicht auf dieser Welt, Inszenierte Fotografie mit Masken, Susanne Carl, Bruno Weiß, zahlreiche farbige Abbildungen. Herausgegeben vom Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg im Verlag für moderne Kunst, Wien. 2016 ISBN 978-3-903131-13-2; Preis 24,- €
  • Multiple, Leporello Susanne Carl Villa, signiert, 2017

3 questions

for Susanne Carl

What motivates you in what you do?
  • Passion for the visual arts - creating images, masks, performances.
    Passion for the performing arts, especially visual forms - non-verbal mask play, physical theater and movement, clown and comedy.
    Delight in creative exchange with people - teaching, workshops, participatory art projects, collaboration with colleagues.

"Art is a multilayered means of communication and a special field of research on the issues of life." (Susanne Carl)

"Art does not reproduce the visible, but makes visible!" (Paul Klee)

What were you able to implement thanks to the support of the THORWART JESKA Foundation?

The almost 60 photographic productions in the publication I am not in this world invite everyone, whether children or adults, art lovers or the simply interested people, to fantastic and lively excursions into their own being. The immanent questioning of presumed normality and stereotypes often humorously implies the discovery of surprising freedoms. The handy format of the publication aims to accompany everyday life in the purse or even on the kitchen table and to open up spaces for wonder and amazement again and again.

"The book is wonderful, I love it and take a look at it quite often, so touching!!!" Jutta H.

What are your dream projects for the coming years, what do you really want to do?

Desirable is a further publication on the one hand for the presentation of the development of my specific artistic approach with masks and on the other hand with an overview of the multi-layered projects in the border area of art and theater. Another wish is a scholarship for genuine artistic research work.

Picture gallery

Compulsory mask light as a feather

Compulsory mask with hat face


Photo: Berny Meyer


Photo: Berny Meyer


Photo: Berny Meyer

Working on the ground

Photo: Bruno Weiß

Man in a boat

Photo: Bruno Weiß

Broom globe window view

Photo: Bruno Weiß


Photo: Bruno Weiß