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


Uncomfortable Silence, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Sonorous Shadow (solo), Toi Pōneke, Wellington

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

Rupture/capture (solo), Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 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 & Beautiful Takeaways, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae

A Familiar Practice (solo), Mahara Gallery, Waikanae