Before the Storm

Nov. 5, 2022 - Jan. 7, 2022

SHAPE OF THE SHORE | Bremerhaven, flooded, 2021
Scan on dibond
120 x 90 cm | 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 in
Ed.: 1/3 + 1AP

SHAPE OF THE SHORE | Calais, 2021
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120 x 90 cm | 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 in
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SHAPE OF THE SHORE | Hamburg, flooded, 2021
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120 x 90 cm | 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 in
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Johanna Reich's first exhibition at 68projects, titled "Before the Storm," presents several groups of works in different media that address the relationship between humans and nature, the digital and the physical, the immaterial and the material.

 

PETRARCA‘S VIEW | Field, 2022
Digital C-print on diasec face
120 x 90 cm | 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 in
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PETRARCA‘S VIEW | Morning Light, 2022
Digital C-print on diasec face
120 x 90 cm | 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 in
Ed.: 1/3 + 1AP

PETRARCA‘S VIEW | Rooted, 2022
Digital C-print on diasec face
120 x 90 cm | 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 in
Ed.: 1/3 + 1AP

PETRARCA‘S VIEW | Path, 2022
Digital C-print on diasec face
120 x 90 cm | 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 in
Ed.: 1/3 + 1AP

Johanna Reich works at the interface between digital and analog 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 visible the process of artistic work as an interdisciplinary activity.

 

She explores the boundaries of real, virtual, and painterly imagery, and in minimalist video performances draws the viewer's attention to the impact that the merging of the net world and the real world has on our everyday lives. In terms of content, her work revolves around presence and absence, dematerialization 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?

 

HYBRIDS | Gaia, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, LED light
120 x 80 cm | 47 1/4 x 31 1/2 in

HYBRIDS | Styx, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, LED light
150 x 120 cm | 59 x 47 1/4 in

HYBRIDS | EOS dawn, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, LED light
150 x 120 cm | 59 x 47 1/4 in

On the subject of her Berlin exhibition, the artist writes:

"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 tones that announce profound changes, it is for me 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 attempted to dominate nature through technology, thus separating himself from it. Through the development of artificial intelligence, we have to ask ourselves: Are we perhaps much closer to natural world than to the digital one, through the characteristics that make us human, such as emotionality, spontaneity, intuition, unpredictable complexity? Is perpetual progress really progress?

The works HYBRIDS and PETRARCA'S VIEW deals with the perspective from which we view the profound changes that man has caused in our environment. Our ecological impact is leaving its mark and shaping a new world."

 

Johanna Reich (born 1977) lives and works in Cologne. She studied fine arts at the Kunstakademie Münster with Guillaume Bijl, the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg with Wim Wenders and the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln with Mischa Kuball. From 2020 to 2022, she held 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 in 2023. Important collections such as the Jerry Speyer Collection New York, the Sammlung Goetz Munich or the collection of the Museum für Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt are in possession of her works.