The title of the exhibition Acqua d’Oro, meaning gold water, refers to the strive for glory and brilliance and challenges the perception of Europe as a privileged and superior continent.
Whereas the drawings of stately rulers and grand lions on antique maps point to the old, expansive Europe, pieces such as “Navigating In The Waters of Reasons” draw attention to the current tragedy of refugees in the Mediterranean sea. Far from having a moral agenda, the artist questions the contradictions inherent in the construct that is Europe. How can we consolidate our liberal cultural heritage with the enforcement of tougher border politics, and what meaning have historic alliances in a rapidly changing world order?
About the artist
Born 1971 in Bad Schlema, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
In the works of Susanne Roewer often two conflicting materials collide, forming a fragile new entity. Susanne Roewer’s sculptures in particular are rooted in her exploration of elementary materials, such as metal, stone or glass, combining figurative elements with an abstract form language. During the process of creation, the artist is frequently guided by the material and its specific qualities.