Anke Schuettler – PSU Art & Social Practice

Anke Schuettler

Anke Schüttler is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in photography and social practice art. With a sensibility for the poetic and humorous until the absurd, her work strives to foster social interactions by asking questions and challenging existing situations. Collaboration and collective thinking are inherent to her process which is all about learning from and giving back to the people she works with.

Her work has been part of numerous international group exhibitions, including the 1st international roaming Biennal of Tehran in Belgrad, Serbia; The Contemporary International Photography Biennial, in Jinan, China; Galeria La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, Argentina; exp12, Raum für Fotografie in Berlin, Germany; La Photographie_Maison Blanche #3, in Marseille, France; Galeria Monique Paton, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Disjecta, Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon, USA.


Portland Museum of Art and Sports, PSU Rec Center, Portland, Mai 2016



The Portland Museum of Art & Sports was located at Portland State University’s Rec Center. An institution within an institution, the museum was founded in 2015 as a dynamic space dedicated to the exploration of two subjects that are rarely paired together: contemporary art and recreational sports.


Through installations, events and programming that showcase local to international artists the museum seeks to explore unconventional situations for engagement. Expanding an art establishment into the realm of recreation initiates conversation between these two practices, their practitioners and their audiences.


The Portland Museum of Art & Sports Grand Opening & Tour was May 13, 2016 as part of Assembly a free four-day set of presentations, discussions, interventions, and activities that address topics related to art and social practice. This project was made possible by the PSU Campus Rec Artist-In-Residence program.


Participating Artists: Nathan McKee, Annina Lingens, Arianna Warner, Harriet Cutler with class, Ian Anderson, Krista Buell, Bridgette Costa, Linnea Czarnecki, Jeffrey Durham, Kelechi Egbukichi, Olivia Falck, John Holsinger, Brooke Learmouth, Naomi Likayi, Vickie Martin, Lindsey Moffett, Monroe Pot, Riane Richards, Sharisse Rourke, Donavon Sinclair, Baongoc Tong, Thao Trang, Rachel Winters, Quintin Wyatt, Nancy Zhang, Adam Carlin, Project Grow, Steven Bleiler, Konane Mookini, Hank Willis Thomas and Adam Shopkorn, Lee Walten, Alexis Michelle, Logan Hamilton, Rebekah Evans, Draydarrius Fountain, Tatyana Zambrano and many passers by.


Directed and curated by Lauren Moran and Anke Schüttler.

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I am a women, Galeria Monique Paton, Rio de Janeiro, April 2016

I was invited to take part in an all woman exhibition called I am a woman, with the topic of being a woman in todays society that is still opressive towards women. The odd thing about it: the curator was a man. I thought that it was a strange but also interesting idea to be told by a man how to talk about the situation of being a woman, when women being told by men what to do is a communly used form of patronizing.


I decided to interview all the women who were part of the exhibition with me, exploring wheter or not the topic of being a woman is relevant to their work and what work they would have submitted, had gender not been the theme of the exhibition. I then created my own «meta-exhibition» a paper cut out model of the gallery space with representations of the art works the women had told me about.


The curator was the one who had to cut out and put together the model prior to the opening of the show.
Collaboration with Anna Kahn, Marcela Tiboni, Tatiana Guinle, Isabel Löfgren and Maria di Andrea Hagge.



I cried for you, exp12, Berlin, September 2015

Breaking up, being left by someone or leaving someone can trigger heavy psychological stress and physiological symptoms. The emotional pain that the majority of people experience two to three times in their lifetimes is referred to colloquially in German as “Liebeskummer”, which in this context refers to the state of being heartbroken.


My work is often closely linked to my own emotional experiences. In “I cried for you” I portrayed a variety of healing methods in which I presented not only a variety of ways of dealing with “Liebeskummer” but also the results of this self-experimentation.


In an honest and in some instances exaggerated form of self-contemplation, I documented visits to the doctor, self-help books, rituals, and a range of other activities.


Activities during the opening included public questionnaires and votings, a choir performance of songs like “I cried for you”, “When I’m gone” and “Hit me baby one more time”, a ritual heart ragout feast and someone adding a dedicated painting to the exhibition.


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