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


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


Immigration to Christchurch/New Zealand


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

Professional highlights include


Merit Award, Parkin Drawing Prize 2016, Wellington


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


Artist Residency Solothurn/Switzerland in collaboration with Victoria Edwards


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


Artist Residencies France and Scotland in collaboration with Victoria Edwards


Winner Margaret Stoddart Award with Victoria Edwards


Winner CoCA/Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Award


Winner CoCA/Guthrey Travel Award 2005


Guest artist at Silpakorn University Bangkok


Guest Lecturer at the Akademie fuer Bildende Kuenste der Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz/Germany


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)