Vivian Suter

Born 1949 | Buenos Aires
Lives and works Panajachel

Vivian Suter is an Argentinian-Swiss artist who works with unstretched canvases in an open-air studio on a former coffee plantation in Panajachel, Guatemala. New and existing works make up one large-scale, site-specific installation at Horanggasy Artpolygon, employing the architecture of the exhibition venue to activate its walls, ceiling, and wooden floor. While conceived and created as unique, individual works, each painting on view is part and parcel with Suter’s artistic macrocosm, in which compositions find infinitely new relevance depending on their placement over, alongside, across, and underneath one another. This permission for recontextualisation similarly democratises Suter’s work for all viewers, allowing different permutations and transformations with each new installation of the artist’s paintings.

Vivian Suter, Installation view, 14th Gwangju Biennale (2023). Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Photo: glimworkers