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 its community in order to tell ecological, historical and culture stories - while extending the mediums ability to communicate and be experienced, both through and beyond its many processes.

Johanna has completed residencies at Toi Pōneke (2018) and Enjoy Gallery (2016) in Wellington. Alongside her lens-based installation practice she has been active in curating, writing and teaching. She is currently a PhD candidate at CoCA Massey School of Fine Arts, Wellington. She lives with in the Hutt Valley with her partner and two children”

- Artist Statement

Selected Exhibitions

2020

Uncomfortable Silence, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

2018
Sonorous Shadow (solo), Toi Pōneke, Wellington

2017
Waimanawa, Common Ground Hutt Public Art Festival: Groundwater, Wellington
This Might Be the Place, Ilam Campus Gallery, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

2016
Rupture/capture (solo), Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

2015 
Moturoa Stream_Long Island in the City, Upstream Art Trail, Wellington

2014 
Stepping Into Social Waters: A Video Essay on the Waiwhetu Stream, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
In_docere, The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington

2013 
THIS WAS_NOW HERE,  About Space Project, Lower Hutt

2011 
Small & Beautiful Takeaways, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae

2007
A Familiar Practice (solo), Mahara Gallery, Waikanae