until 07.01. | #3679ARTatBerlin | 68 projects presents the exhibition “Before the Storm” by artist Johanna Reich from 05 November 2022.
Johanna Reich’s first exhibition at 68projects, entitled “Before the Storm”, presents several groups of works in different media that explore the relationship between humans and nature, the digital and the physical, the immaterial and the material.
Johanna Reich works at the interface between digital and analogue visual worlds. Many of her works are created on the basis of several years of research in which the artist investigates and changes gaps in history, complex backgrounds of coding such as the opaque influence of databases on the development of algorithms and the resulting image production. Again and again, she makes the process of artistic work visible as an interdisciplinary activity. She explores the boundaries of real, virtual and painterly imagery and draws attention to the effects of the fusion of the net world and the real world on our everyday lives in minimalist video performances. In terms of content, her works revolve around presence and absence, dematerialisation and disappearance, the visible and the invisible: who are we and what shapes our identity? What makes a person? What traces do we leave behind in the place where we live?
The artist writes about her Berlin exhibition:
“The phrase ‘the calm before the storm’ goes back to the writer Achim von Arnim, who speaks of the concentrated silence before a thunderstorm. The works in the exhibition deal with the quiet sounds that herald profound changes; for me it is an attempt to read the signs of the times.
Looking at the history of the creation of the world, not much time has passed since man entered the stage.
For centuries, man has tried to dominate nature through technology and thus separate himself from it. With the development of artificial intelligence, we have to ask ourselves the question: Are the qualities that make us human, such as emotionality, spontaneity, intuition, unpredictable complexity, perhaps much closer to the natural world than to the digital one? Is constant progress really progress?
The works HYBRIDS and PETRARCA’S VIEW deal with the perspective from which we view the profound changes that man has caused in our environment. Our ecological influence leaves its mark and shapes a new world”.
Johanna Reich (born 1977) lives and works in Cologne. She studied fine arts at the Kunstakademie Münster with Guillaume Bijl, at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg with Wim Wenders and at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln with Mischa Kuball. From 2020 to 2022, she holds a visiting professorship at the AdBK Munich.
Johanna Reich has been awarded the Japanese Excellence Prize for Media Arts, the Förderpreis des Landes NRW für Medienkunst, the Konrad von Soest Prize and the Nam June Paik Award Förderpreis, among others. Her work has been shown in numerous international museums, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2007), Museo Reina Sofia Madrid (2009), Stella Art Foundation Moscow (2010), Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art Toronto (2011), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2013), Palais de Tokyo Paris (2014), Eikon|Q21 at MuseumsQuartier Vienna (2017), Spier Art Collection Johannesburg (2021), Kunsthalle Hamburg (2022) and Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2023). Important collections such as the Jerry Speyer Collection New York, the Goetz Collection Munich or the collection of the Museum für Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt own her works.
Vernissage: Saturday, 5 November 2022, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 5 November to Saturday, 7 January 2023to the gallery
Image caption: Me, as nature, 2022, HD-Video, 0’22 min, loop; Ed.: 5 + 2 AP
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