Dr. Anna Gonzalez Suero is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Bauhaus University Weimar, where she seeks to understand the contemporary status of autoethnography in the particular social and institutional context of German academia. She holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. For her PhD thesis, she explored the ways in which art and science intersect with and work through gender, with a focus on how female bodies are visualized, narrated and policed in contemporary societies. The final format of her PhD was an autoethnographic text that told stories about her artistic practice in an interdisciplinary manner through a range of theoretical frames and perspectives, engaging with feminist debates on reproductive technologies and imagery, visual and material cultures of gynecology and obstetrics, Gestalt understandings of perception and memory, critical disability studies, theorizations of hybridity in postcolonial studies, anthropological theories of liminality associated with rites of passage, art-historical writings and cultural critiques of the social myth of the artistic genius.

 

Born and raised in Miami, USA, Gonzalez Suero is of Spanish and Venezuelan descent. She studied at the Copper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, received her BFA from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and then studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, receiving her Diploma in 2012. She has shown her work in galleries, festivals and museums, including Alpha Nova and Galerie Futura (Berlin); Akiyoshidai International Art Village (Japan); Galerie Diana Stigter (Amsterdam); Museum Abteiberg (Mönchengladbach); La Virreina Centre de la Imatge (Barcelona); Institute Cervantes (Stockholm); LOOP (Barcelona); ISEA (Dortmund). For her artistic work, she has received various stipends and awards, including a DAAD Prize and a Dr. Dormagen-Guffanti Scholarship in the video/video installation division, for which she worked with people with disabilities in a care home in Cologne. Her previous work in medical settings also includes a collaborative video project that explored questions of personal identity in the context of memory loss and in relation to issues of medicalization, normalization and institutionalization.

 

Gonzalez Suero has presented her research at Brunel University, the University of Granada, and the University of Trier. She has organized events, for example, the artistic research seminar titled "Equality, not Sameness," held at the Women's Art Library in London. For the collaborative project, "Reproductive Labor: Parenting Beyond Patriarchy," she received a Goldsmiths Graduate Fund Award (won jointly).