Susan Norrie represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007. In the last 20 years she has developed a practice that sees and uses art as a tool for political commentary. The Asia Pacific has been her focus, incorporating the environmental and humanitarian disasters that have impacted on the region. Norrie’s videos are predominantly metaphoric, combining art, documentary and film.
Norrie has exhibited at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool and Tate Britain, London, UK; KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Art Tower Mito Museum, Japan; MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain; ICC, Tokyo; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Het Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Futura, Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic; Cinema Capacete 1V, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Edinburgh International Festival, UK; Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; and Melbourne International Biennial, Melbourne; Liverpool Biennial, UK; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA; and Yokohama Triennale, Japan.
In a small way artists can slow things down, remind people of an essential humanity that, somehow, seems to have been lost along the way… I feel that artists are often a barometer of events in the world: they can synthesise socio/political and environmental concerns with powerful visual encapsulations. Blurring the boundaries of fiction and fact, artists can deal with the overload of media information and misinformation with a certain clarity and poetic detachment.
Susan Norrie, 2007