Fr, 24.11.23

»Movements in a closed space« – Gabriele Stötzer


Radical Care

Artists  Gabriele Stötzer

Time  19:00

Curated by  Magdalena Stöger, Leon Hösl

With November 24th, the »f/stop TALK« series beg­ins with Gabriele Stötzer and a hybrid event at D21. This event marks the start of the 10th edi­ti­on of f/stop — Festival für Fotografie Leipzig, cura­ted by Magdalena Stöger and Leon Hösl.

The f/stop TALK with Gabriele Stötzer pro­vi­des an insight into her work in the field of per­for­mance art in the GDR era tog­e­ther with the Künstlerinnengruppe Erfurt bet­ween 1984 and 1994 and at the University of Erfurt from 2010 to 2020.
Using the term „social per­for­mance“, she recon­s­tructs a deve­lo­p­ment from the ana­log­ous indi­vi­du­al per­for­mance that goes bey­ond the boun­da­ries of per­so­nal pro­tec­tion (aso­cial per­for­mance) to the mul­ti­ple struc­tures within a group (social per­for­mance). The dis­cus­sion, mode­ra­ted by Constanze Müller, will be accom­pa­nied by texts, pho­tos and video excerpts.

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Gabriele Stötzer was born in Emleben, East Germany, in 1953. In the mid-1970s, she stu­di­ed at a tea­cher trai­ning col­lege in Erfurt, but was exma­tri­cu­la­ted for poli­ti­cal reasons. Her fur­ther oppo­si­ti­on acti­vi­ty ear­ned her a one-year pri­son sen­tence. After being released, she beca­me invol­ved in art, run­ning a gal­lery and crea­ting her own works, which included not only pho­to­gra­phy, film, pain­ting and per­for­mance, but also tex­ti­les, cera­mics, crea­ted objects, art books and cos­tu­mes. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Stötzer co-initia­ted the first occu­pa­ti­on of the Stasi (Ministry for State Security of the GDR) head­quar­ters in Erfurt in order to pre­vent its files from being des­troy­ed. After the poli­ti­cal trans­for­ma­ti­on, she con­tin­ued her artis­tic work, par­ti­ci­pa­ted in exhi­bi­ti­ons and published eight books. The artist lives and works in Erfurt, tea­ching uni­ver­si­ty semi­nars in Performance and deli­ve­ring lec­tures on femi­nist art and being a con­tem­po­ra­ry wit­ness. In 2013, she was award­ed the Federal Republic of Germany’s Order of Merit for her social and poli­ti­cal activities.

Radical Care