Biographies

German born, New Zealand artist uses a range of media from print and drawing to digital stills, photography, video and light to create multi-dimensional installations. Johann lectured for a number of years both in New Zealand and Germany and is currently a full time practitioner living in Christchurch/New Zealand. Johann has been exploring a form of navigation and mapping in the terrain of survey, observation, and fragmentation. Her work reflects upon emptiness, memory loss, coding and de-coding. She has been finalist in numerous awards: Parkin Drawing Prize, The Wallace Arts Awards, Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, CoCA/Anthony Harper Contemporary Award, LACDA Top 40 Award/Los Angeles, Cranleigh Barton Drawing Award, National Drawing Award, Margaret Stoddart Award; Her works are held in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia, United States, Switzerland, Germany and Thailand.

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Education and relevant dates

2000 - 2001

Travel and work in Germany (three months); Completion of post graduate studies - Meisterschuelerin (master class student qualification; Master-class student of K. Menzel), Akademie fuer Bildende Kuenste der Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz, Germany

2000

Travel and work in Germany (six months); MFA equivalent completion (exhibition); Akademie fuer Bildende Kuenste der Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz, Germany

1997 - 2000

Diplom der Freien Bildenden Kunst (Postgraduate studies; German equivalent of MFA), Akademie fuer Bildende Kuenste der Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz, Germany

1997

Immigration to Christchurch/New Zealand

1991-1997

Erste Staatspruefung fuer das Lehramt an Gymnasien (MFA equivalent combined with a teaching degree), Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz, Germany

Professional highlights include

2016

Merit Award, Parkin Drawing Prize 2016, Wellington

2016

Edwards+Johann: Supreme Winner, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2016, Hamilton

2015

Artist Residency Solothurn/Switzerland in collaboration with Victoria Edwards

2014

Merit Award, National Contemporary Art Award 2014, Waikato Museum, August 2014, Hamilton

2009/2010

Artist Residencies France and Scotland in collaboration with Victoria Edwards

2009

Winner Margaret Stoddart Award with Victoria Edwards

2006

Winner CoCA/Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Award

2005

Winner CoCA/Guthrey Travel Award 2005

2004

Guest artist at Silpakorn University Bangkok

2002/2003

Guest Lecturer at the Akademie f�r Bildende K�nste der Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz/Germany

2002

Financial assistance by the Goethe Institute Wellington and the Ministerium fuer Wissenschaft und Kultur Rheinland Pfalz; for the cross-cultural exhibition project Moving Spaces with German artist Sandra Heinz

1998-2006

Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts (part-time) & Course-Coordinator Fine Arts (2003 & 2004) at Design & Arts College of NZ Ltd, Department of Fine Arts, Christchurch

Exhibition highlights include

2009

Art Auction, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu; CoCA/Anthony Harper Award 2009, finalist,CoCA, Christchurch; Interruption to Transmission, CoCA, Christchurch; National Drawing Award 2009, Artspace/Auckland, The Physics Room/Christchurch

2008

CoCa/Anthony Harper Award 2008, finalist,CoCA, Christchurch; 2007; Snap to Grid, Lacda, Los Angeles; Shifting Spaces, collaboration with Elfi Spiewack, Inform gallery, Christchurch; CoCA/Anthony Harper Contemporary Award 2007, CoCA, Christchurch;LACDA 'Top 40' Juried Show, Los Angeles Centre of Digital Art, Los Angeles; Gates and Journeys II, CoCA,Christchurch; National Drawing Award 2008, The Physics Room, Christchurch

2006

Anonymous Drawings, Bluetenweiss, Raum fuer Kunst, Berlin/Germany; National Drawing Award 2006, Artspace, Auckland; The Middle Way, Randolph Street Gallery,Auckland; Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award 2006, Waikato Museum, Hamilton; CoCA/Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Award 2006, Winning entry,Christchurch; Film Archive: Viewfinder, Acknowledged as Detail, Repeating In Place, visual/sound collaboration with Sally McIntyre, Auckland Library; The National Grid, Stuttering Structures #2, Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington

2005

Repeating In Place, collaboration with Sally McIntyre, The Kiosk, Christchurch; Canary Gallery's Inaugural Artist's Film Festival 2005, Auckland; Crossings:, experimental sound and vision, Christchurch; Mond 3 – Ungeschminkt, Kunstzentrum Bosener Mühle, Germany; Trans, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin; Cranleigh Barton Drawing Award 2005, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch; GPS, CoCA, Christchurch and Randolph Street Gallery, Auckland; CatchPool, visual/sound performance with Peter May & Adam Hayward, Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington; NOT hoMe grown, Southern Oscillation, Castle Hill sound festival

2004

New Global Vision: East and West The 11th international Art Festival, Eastern Centre of Art and Culture, Burapha University, Chonburi/Thailand; The Middle/Way, Touring exhibition in Thailand: Arts Centre, Silpakorn University/Bangkok, Eastern Art Centre, Burapha University/Burapha, Chiang Mai University Art Gallery/Chiang Mai and Thaksiri University Art Gallery/Songkhla (2004 and 2005); Static Mansion#4, video/sound performance with Peter May and Adam Hayward, Christchurch; National Drawing Award 2005, Artspace, Auckland & The Physics Room, Christchurch; CoCA/Anthony Harper Contemporary Award 2004, CoCA, Christchurch

2003

The Middle Way, exhibition project and workshop with five Thai artists and five NZ artists, CoCA, Christchurch; Travel Stories VI, solo exhibition, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi/Auckland; CrossXover, solo exhibition, Te tuhi-the mark, Pakuranga/Auckland

2002

Ina haere koe, Landtag des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken/Germany; Shift, Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch; CoCA Contemporary Art Award 2002, CoCA, Christchurch; Moving Spaces, cross-cultural exhibition project with German artist Sandra Heinz, Christchurch/NZ and Wiesbaden/Germany

2001

Travel Stories VI, The Physics Room/Christchurch and The Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin; The Launch Group Exhibition, Landing Service Building, Timaru; The Cotton Show, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin; The Argonauts, Linwood Community Centre, Christchurch, CoCA Contemporary Art Award 2001, CoCA, Christchurch, Object 180101090201 Space, Kiosk, Christchurch

2000

Brechung, solo exhibition, Alte Waggonfabrik, Mainz/Germany; Thoroughfare - Art on the Southside, group exhibition, Christchurch; Selected as one of the artists for Christchurch Art and Industry 2000 Biennial (project not realised)