Susan Paufler

was born in 1975 in Dresden / East Germany.
She lives and works as an artist, photographer, and lecturer in photography in Berlin.

Ms. Paufler studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg where she graduated with honors in Visual Communications. Her main focus: Fine art photography and photo book publishing. Prior to her image-related courses she studied and received her degree in social studies and related paedagogic processes.

In her artistic oeuvre - which was shown in progression in numerous solo and grouup exhibits -, she deals with the structure and metamorphoses of rememberances, with frequent doubts on matters perceived, and, thereby, also the illusions of images. Her inner and physically documented discourses have found their way into books, visual series, and multi-media installations.

Beyond her artistic work she has realized a number of personal documentary projects.

Material Publishing, Hamburg, issued the Book “Doubts inside my Shoe” (Der Zweifel im Schuh) in 2009 after a grant had made her visit to Havanna, Cuba, possible. Her years of theoretical study and social analysis of non-democratic political systems in general, and Cuba in particular, as well as this live visit found their visual and thematic reflections in this art-book.

A selection of awarded fellowships, exhibits, citations of merit

2014 "My home is my Castle", Stadtgalerie Radebeul, Germany (group show)
2014 "BrauArt 6", Dessau, (group show), catalog
2013 "15. Kunstauktion", curator and auctioneer: Peter Raue, Stiftung Überleben, Berlin
2013 "Kuba - eine Spurensuche", KUNSTundHELDEN, Berlin, (solo)
2013 "Radebeuler Künstler - Heute", Stadtgalerie Radebeul, (group show)
2012 "Mythos", Bethanien, Studio 1, Berlin, Gruppenausstellung, group show), catalog
2011 "SeitenWände", Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, (group show)
2010 “Fotobuchtage“ (Photo+Art Book) Hamburg, Haus der Fotografie Deichtorhallen, lecture and signing “Der Zweifel im Schuh“ and group exibition, art magazine "GUDBERG #9 - all areas“)
2010 „scheinbar sichtbar – Fotografie als Dokument und Projektion“, (group show), Kunsthaus, Hamburg, catalog
2009 Gallery Pack of Patches, attendee in “Logbuch 2009“ (Logbook 2009), Jena, Germany
2009 “Der Schein des Seins“ (The appearance of being), Stadtgalerie Radebeul, solo exhibition, Radebeul, Germany
2009 “zerteilt – geteilt – enteilt“ (split – divided – disappeared), Einstellungsraum e.V., (solo), Hamburg, Germany, catalog
2009 Architektursommer (Summer of Architecture) 2009 expo, attendee, Hamburg, Germany
2006 Fellowship in Havana, Cuba Karl H. Ditze-Stiftung: Projektstipendium für Havanna, Kuba
2006 Karl H. Ditze-Stiftung: Project support for visit and documentation of life in Havana, Cuba
2005 Fellowship grant from the Collective Foundation of the HfbK, Hamburg, Germany
1997 Scholarship of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for free studies in Italy


2009 „Der Zweifel im Schuh“ (the doubt inside the shoe)", artist's book of photographs and texts about Havana / Cuba, Materialverlag, Hamburg, Germany (the work also exists as an electronic compendium)

Documentary Projects

“Ostermontag oder Die Arche am Wörthersee“ (Easter Monday or the ark on the Wörthersee /Austria ), 2014

“My home is my Castle“, a long term project since 2010 in different countries in Europe

“Der Zweifel im Schuh“ (the doubt inside the shoe) Havana / Cuba, 2006-2008

“Die Lager am Rande der Stadt. Vom Leben der Roma in Florenz“ (documentary about the life of Gypsies coming from Albania, Romania, Kosovo in camps near Florence/Italy), 1997-1998

Curated Exibits

"Mythos",Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, (group), catalog, 2012

“Eden“, Galerie Pflüger68, photographs by Anne K. + Frauke Langguth, 2014