Margret Wibmer was born in Austria. After her studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, she spent a large part of the 1980s in New York, a period that significantly formed her life and artistic practice. In 1990 she moved to Amsterdam where she is based since. Using various media such as photography, performance, video, interactive media and sculpture, she explores the human body and its situatedness within a social, cultural, historic, physical and digital context. An integral part of her work is the use of objects and handmade garments as props and tools for creating relations.
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.
Wibmer has exhibited and performed at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2016); RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia (2015); Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2015); Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy, Japan (2013;) / KAI 10 – Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany (2012); Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy (2006); Fashion Moda Gallery, South Bronx, USA (1988).
With a contribution by Lucas Gehrmann.