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
Waimanawa (2017), 11.33 Video installation, Common Ground Hutt Public Art Festival: Groundwater, Hutt Valley, Wellington
2015 Moturoa Stream_Long Island in the City (2015) 10 min video installation, Upstream Art Trail, Central Park, Brooklyn, Wellington

Stepping Into Social Waters: A Video Essay on the Waiwhetu Stream (2014) 21 min video loop, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
In_docere 6 artists, The Engine Room, School of Art, Massey University, Wellington

2013 THIS WAS_NOW HERE 10 day performance installation, About Space Project, Lower Hutt
2011 Small and beautiful Takeaways (2011) Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, 2011
A Familiar Practice (2007)
Parallel Praxis (3 Photographers) Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, 2007

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)