Susan Schuppli

Susan Schuppli, Can the sun lie?, 2014, video still. HD video, colour with stereo sound, 12.52 mins

About the work

Susan Schuppli’s film Can The Sun Lie?, is a question posed in a landmark 1886 US court case, where photographs were first used as legal evidence, and is reanimated by current climate change debates in relation to Canadian Inuit navigation and storytelling traditions. Schuppli explores the longstanding dispute between lay knowledge and scientific expertise and claims to truth that depend upon the material evidence of nature.

About the artist

An artist and researcher based in London, Susan Schuppli’s work examines material evidence from war and conflict to environmental disasters. Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, Canada, and the US,. Recent projects include Trace Evidence, a video trilogy commissioned by Arts Catalyst UK & Bildmuseet, Sweden and Atmospheric Feedback Loops, a Vertical Cinema commission for Sonic Acts, Amsterdam. Forthcoming exhibitions include Ural Biennale, Moscow Biennale, Bonniers Kunsthall, Stockholm, Artspace, Auckland, and SculptureCenter, Queens. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the forthcoming book, Material Witness  (MIT Press, Autumn release 2018), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary.

She is Reader and co-Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths and was previously she was an Associate Professor in visual/media arts in Canada. Schuppli received her PhD from Goldsmiths and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program after completing her MFA at the University of California San Diego. Recipient of ICP Infinity Award 2016.