Johanna Kandl | the artist




The artist Johanna Kandl
Born 1954, Vienna, Austria.
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Style and technique of the artist: Painting,


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Johanna Kandl’s politics are personal, and they make for luminous painting. In 1980, Kandl spent a year as an exchange student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade…
The artist Johanna Kandl is one of the rare commuters between these two worlds. Together with her husband and colleague Helmut Kandl, she has undertaken a number of artistic and curatorial projects, as well as research in Romania, Georgia, Russia and the Ukraine. The photographs she took on these trips later served as material for her paintings. Here the artist focuses her attention on incidental and seemingly irrelevant details, which nevertheless reflect and filter events of world magnitude…
Johanna Kandls für die Biennale in Cairo entwickelte mobile soziale Skulptur bildet eine Intervention im öffentlichen Raum. Ein Ausstellungsraum wird mit bunten Luftballons, die Träger von Botschaften sind, gefüllt, wobei das Publikum diese mitnehmen kann…
In 1994, Johanna Kandl began to work on a project looking into the withdrawal of troops from the Russian (former Soviet) garrison in Wünsdorf. Kandl, herself raised in a Vienna quarter that was under Soviet occupation from 1945-55, remembers the anecdotes circulating about the Russians, although the occupying forces had already long withdrawn. In these accounts the Russians were always mysterious figures. In the Wünsdorf project that includes paintings, photographs and installations, Kandl focuses her attention on life in a secluded enclave, and the moment in which the people living there encounter others. Her works capture both the Russians’ gradual opening-up towards the Germans as well as their resettlement in areas north and northwest of Moscow. Whilst the photographs at first serve to document this process in snapshots, they are also methodically incorporated into critical notes and paintings…


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