Gabriele Stötzer

Gabriele Stötzer's work concentrate on the role of women in art at an early age. During the German Democratic Republic (GDR) period, she was looking for female artists in the GDR, but the culture scene was dominated by male artists at that time. Her curriculum vitae was full of reproach – no chance of being accepted into the artists' association and thus no commissions during GDR times.

Her search and questioning led her to the limits of the socialist dictatorship. She went to prison – and from then on devoted herself to her wish to make art.

The Stasi continued to pursue her, and thus she discovered her “material”: women in prison, women in suffering, the unresponsive out of shame. She wrote, she photographed – her goal: to give people something beautiful.

Now Gabriele Stötzer wants to bring her art from the GDR period into a new framework, and in drawing she can unfold in the most free way. Her lyrics have already been projected via light installations in Erfurt and Leipzig. A kind of female self-discovery, which she now puts on Schwanenwerder in figures and text on canvas.