Margret Wibmer’s performances, sculptures photographic works and video installations explore relations between bodies, objects and spaces. Using ambiguity and the principle of chance as a methodology to deconstruct internalized processes, norms and values deeply embedded within our societies, she creates transient ‘realities’ that explore new strategies for connecting us with the world and with others. This becomes particularly apparent in her participatory performances where she uses choreographic elements, sound and wearable props to engage the public as actors in her work.

In principle, the artist is always concerned with negotiating and instrumentalising “interfaces between bodies, their surfaces and their entanglements with spaces, with gazes and sound, and not least with cultural sign systems,” as Reinhard Braun (Camera Austria) once very aptly formulated Margret Wibmer’s basic intention. Beyond that and in particular, the thematic and content-related aspects of such settings and interventions concretize themselves in each case in the context of their place and time. There, the artist expresses the relationship of the individual (as physical, spiritual and “political” subject) to respective supra-individual (ethical, normative, formal …) circumstances (such as fashion, environment, economy, religion, politics, culture/history …) in a “multilingual” way, i.e. also interpretable in an ambiguous way. She succeeds in this by liquefying the boundary between producer and recipient, making the latter potential co-generators of her “work”. The “work” is thus conceptually fixed in its core, but open and flexible in its external formulation, because it is open to the outside.

Margret Wibmer, working online with students in Singapore (2021)

Margret Wibmer was born in Lienz, Austria, spent a large part of the 1980s in New York  and moved to Amsterdam in 1990 where she currently lives and works. Wibmer has exhibited and performed internationally in venues such as Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia; Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy, Japan; KAI 10 – Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany; Centro per l’arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy; Fashion Moda Gallery, South Bronx, USA. Her artworks have been feature in publications such Sony Style Magazine, Vestoy and Metropolis M. Monographies have been published by Kerber Verlag and VfmK – Verlag für Moderne Kunst. 

With a contribution by Lucas Gehrmann.