Susanne Wawra – Video Art

“Mental Asylum” explores personal identity in a very vulnerable place, a person’s mind in the depths of mental illness. It is a recording from the first days of admission into a psychiatric hospital. The piece provides access to the struggle of the self and the very core of identity when everything seems lost.

“Mental Asylum” is a confessional piece that deals with the self and identity. This is a very private recording that was not intended to be seen by anyone, while knowing that film by its very nature implies an audience. It taps into the emotional potential of real life and explores showing the real, without any cut or filter. It allows for an intimate analysis of the artist’s confidential experiences and emotions.

“Mental Asylum” is a revelation of the private self, a record of the mind in ill health. Here, video is used as a device extending the boundaries of interior dialogue to include the audience.

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Susanne Wawra 

2015 Central, MART Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

Handle with Care, OSTRALE ‘O15, Ostragehege, Dresden, Germany.

Les Instants Vidéo, [.Box] Galerie, Milan, Italy.

Sauna, Steambox, Dublin, Ireland.

Time To Change Art Project, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Disgrace, Framewerk, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2014 POP Maskulinity, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Monomyth, The Workman’s Club, Dublin, Ireland.

Transformation, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

TIAF 2014, The Rag Factory, London, England.

Miniature, Arterie Fine Arts, Naperville, IL, USA.

IV International Biennial of Performance, Perfoartnet, Bogota, Colombia.

Go East, Aintree University Hospital, Aintree, England.

Up The Yard 2014, Stoneybatter Guild, Dublin, Ireland.

Visions of Colour, Chase House, London, England.

Art on the Small Side, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA.

Queer as Folk, White Lady Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

Féile an Phobail, St. Mary’s College, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Galway Fringe, Galway University Hospital, Galway, Ireland.

Pixels of Identity, Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice, Italy.

2013 USB­Shuffle Show, Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany.

2011 Crossbar, Princes Street Church, Cork, Ireland.

Daydreamer, Exchange Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

Medium: Vinyl, Hardware Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Frame: Art Cycles, Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Ireland.

Postcard Exhibition, Studio B, Cardiff, Wales. »


2016 FICAE Diseases International Short Film & Art Festival, Valencia, Spain.

The HollyWood Sky International Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA.

2015 FAQiff Feminist and Queer International Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania.

BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film & Video Festival,

BilbaoArte, Bilbao, Spain.

Mirror Screens, Sanctuary 2015, Murray’s Monument, nr Newton Stewart,


The Human Mind, UN*DEPENDENCE Film Festival, CCA | Centre for

Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland.

The Human Condition, UN*DEPENDENCE Film Festival, Brass

Monkey, Edinburgh, Scotland.

STARTFEST Student Art Festival, Edyth Bush Theatre, Orlando, USA

Pussy Whipped, The Magnet, Liverpool, England.

jGFF 2015, Just Gather Film Festival, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2014 ICKLE Film Fest, Dundee, Scotland.


2013­ Fine Art Painting, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.


2006 MA English, Communication & Media, University of Leipzig, Leipzig,

Germany (Distinction).