ARTIST

Reich Johanna

Germany

Johanna Reich is a video artist working also in the fields of performance and photography. Johanna Reich received national and international awards and scholarships like the Nam June Paik Award (2006), the Excellence Prize (Japan Media Arts Festival, 2007, Tokyo), the Media Art Award NRW, (2009) and the GWK Art Award (2010). In 2010 she was a resident at Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral and Fabrica de Pensule Cluj, ColectivA, Romania, in 2011 she was rewarded with the Konrad-von-Soest Preis. In 2012 she received the scholarship, "Praesenz vor Ort". Exhibitions (selection): Heroines, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven (2015), Behind The Screen, Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt am Main (2014), Per Speculum Me Video, Frankfurter Kunstverein (2013), Young Artists Project 2012, Daegu EXCO, Corea (2012), ARTE Video Night, FIAC Paris (2011), ¡Patria o Libertad!, Museum of Contemporary Canadia Art,Toronto (2011), Culture Shock: Video Interventions at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Vancouver, Canada, (2010), Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia (2010).

Ich Bin

201500:02:35Video Art
A white surface is located in the city. The white canvas is placed behind a tree and a trash bin covered with the graffiti Ich bin (I AM). The blank canvas transforms the two objects into art for a Warholesc moment and makes the piece of nature and the existentialist message I AM become visible. At the same time people appear and disappear behind the white surface, they don`t stop to read the two words. Finally, the white canvas moves away, the silent ambassadors remain.

A Drone Painting | Black Square on White Ground

201700:03:00Video Art
In 1858 the French photographer Nadar took the first photography from above, flying in a tethered balloon. For the first time the central perspective of the 15th century is questioned; the new perspective transforms the earth into an ornamental surface, all familiar reference points are barely identifiable. Johanna Reichs video «A Drone Painting | Black Square on White Ground» shows a green landscape from above. A drone camera records the black-clothed artist while painting a «black square on a white background». The view from above creates a distance – the viewer can oversee everything. His eyes can scan the surfaces of the image taking a panoptic position. By the anachronistic act of painting, however, the artist disappears in front of the drone camera. In post digital times, art can be the most powerful way of questioning our way of living and thinking.



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