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Johanna Reich [Videonale.13]

*1977, in Minden GER, lives and works in Cologne GER
Studied at Kunstakademie Münster GER, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg GER, Universitat de Barcelona ESP and at Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln GER

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 A State of Crystal, Gallery of the Mori Art Tower, Tokyo, JPN

         The Unprotected Pole, Suburban Video Lounge Rotterdam NED

         LOWAVE: Stylo/Camèra, Centre Allemand d`Histoire de l`Art Paris FRA

2011 The Presence of Absence, Kaunas Mene, Gallery MJ Studija, Kaunas LTU

         14 Media Art Biennale WRO, Wroclaw POL

         Szenenwechsel, Museum für Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt GER

         Human Frames, KIT, Düsseldorf GER

2010 a fleeting glimpse, FAK, Münster GER

         Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moskau RUS

         freshpaint, Tel Aviv ISR

 

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Black hole, 2009, 2:00 min, color, sound [Videonale.13]

The stark whiteness of snow contrasts with the utter blackness of the rural landscape. A ladder leaning against a hut, an ivy-covered fence and some sparse winter vegetation seem to be cut-out pieces glued on the sheet of snowy whiteness. An aerial view by the camera further flattens the image, rendering a figure walking out of the hut as a bold black intrusion into the purity of snow.

The person kneels down and starts cleaning up the snow. As the spot of bare ground grows wider, comes the moment of magical transformation: the body that has just disturbed the viewer's attention with its sharp contrast against the snow suddenly melts into the blackness of the earth. The viewer can no longer differentiate the shape of the body. Only the rhythmic sounds of somebody's quiet breathing suggest that the black hole indeed contains a living creature. As the viewer stares into the black hole, the ambiguity of the transformation becomes disturbing. It can be interpreted as a metaphor for people ceasing to be alien elements, achieving instead a benign unity with nature. However, it can also speak of the annihilation of our subjectivity and our failure to establish healthy ties with nature, which has all the power to devour humankind, to transform it into a meaningless black hole.

Olena Chervonik

Johanna Reich [ Videonale.13 ]