Batia Suter’s work intuitively relocates images from various contexts, with the intention of inventing new languages and possibilities.
The result of years of collecting, editing, and composing, this voluminous encyclopedia consists solely of images collected from other books and reads as a visual history of our collective past. Painting, sculpture, murder scenes, film stills, x-rays, people praying, people squinting, areal views of crops, areal views of cities, and hundreds of other photographs and illustrations are composed in such a way as to suggest a cinematic sequence of images.
“In my work, I collect groups of images based on various themes and characteristics, and I investigate how they can manipulate each other, depending on where and how they are placed. In the process of making this book, narrative lines unfolded before my eyes as I shifted images around.”