Johanna Mechen

"Johanna Mechen's work explores performativity and participation in photographic practice and the role this can play in site based investigations. Her current practice focuses on engagement and participation with a site and it's community in order to tell ecological, historical and culture stories - while extending the mediums ability to communicate and be experienced, both through and beyond it’s many processes.

Johanna has recently completed a Master of Fine Art program at Massey University Wellington. Her greater practice is experimental and has included exhibiting, curating, writing and teaching photography. Her work has included still and moving image and has been shown at the CSA Gallery Christchurch, Mahara Gallery Waikanae and The Dowse Art Museum Wellington.

She lives with in the Hutt Valley with her partner and two daughters." - JM

Selected Exhibitions


Sonorous Shadow (solo), Toi Pōneke, Wellington

Waimanawa, Common Ground Hutt Public Art Festival: Groundwater, Wellington

Moturoa Stream_Long Island in the City, Upstream Art Trail, Wellington

Stepping Into Social Waters: A Video Essay on the Waiwhetu Stream, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
In_docere, The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington

THIS WAS_NOW HERE,  About Space Project, Lower Hutt

Small and beautiful Takeaway, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae

Selected Qualifications
Master of Fine Art Massey University, First Class Honours, Masterate Scholar (2014)
Creative Writing CREW 235, Institution of Modern Letters, Victoria University, Grade A (2003)
Bachelor of Photographic Design, Wellington School of Design, Victoria University (1999)

Selected Awards
Massey University Masterate Scholarship (2014)
Peter Turner Memorial Scholarship, Massey University (2013)