Lives & works in Cuernavaca (Mexico) Very active in: 80s, 90s, 2000s, Current decade
Gerardo Suter (1957) worked in the field of cultural and scientific photography for several years. At the same time, he developed a parallel and personal work in photography. Since then, concepts like time, space, memory, body, territory and history have been constantly present in the different series and projects he has developed.
From 1980 to 2000 his photographs were exhibited in Mexico and abroad. He has had more than thirty solo shows and his work has been included in many group exhibitions and collections in several countries.
The year of 1995 was a turning point in his career. He decided to open his proposals to other fields. He began to combine still photography with moving images, and with live events that incorporated video projections and sound.
The jump from the bi-dimentional use of the image to it's repositioning in space, was crucial in his work. The architecture began to play a fundamental roll and the site-specific pieces became more and more part of his statements. His view has been focused in finding and creating new or different ways of presenting the image to the viewer.
With time, not only the use of the images in the real space engaged his interest. The virtual space became an extension of the real one and he began to use both, in a separate or combined manner, to present the images and build his installations.
In 1996, he was commissioned to represent Mexico at the 23rd Biennial of São Paulo in Brazil, with a site-specific video and photo installation titled Cartografía.
In the year of 1997, he was incorporated to the Sistema Nacional de Creadores in the field of Visual Arts. He is receiving a grant for four years to develop his work on the field of photography and video installation. The grantor is the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes in Mexico, and he is part of this program until the beginning of 2001.
In 1998, he was awarded the Rockefeller-MacArtuhr Grant for Film/Video/Multimedia to develop TranSitus, a video installation that took place, both on the real and virtual space, all along the USA-Mexico Border.