In her work Johanna Smiatek refers to ordinary subjects, but changes these subjects in delicate dealing. Everyday objects are subtly transformed, their essence taken to absurd extremes.
Objects originating in, or reminiscent of, the everyday world are cast in silicone and set in vibration by an electric motor specifically developed by the artist. The various objects, whether shoes, oversized lipsticks or mirrors, develop a subtly independent life.
This staged trembling of the objects speaks about the human experience of self and of the body, but simultaneously calls it into question.
Feelings of familiarity and strangeness are evoked, an ambivalence between exhilaration and insecurity. It is this, which gives the work its singular appeal.
In her recent works the light, the digital control of light and Video are essential parts, most in interaction with the beholder.
A further aspect of her artistic work are graphical wallpaintings, which often form a three-dimensional installation in space.

 

NEWS

Residence fellowship Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral 2015/2016

Presence, Criticism, Utopia
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
August 26, 2017 — September 24, 2017
Opening: Friday, August 25, 2017, 7 p.m.
"…The Risk of Tumbling into Emptiness"
Herta Müller's 'Traveling on One Leg‘

Oberwelt e.V., Stuttgart, Germany
July 14, 2017 — September 16, 2017
Opening: Friday, July 14, 2017, 7 p.m.
SWEET NOTHINGS – On Stage
(solo exhibition)
Zagreus Projekt, Berlin
May 05, 2017 – July 01, 2017
Opening: Friday, May 05, 2017, 7 p.m.
Forum Alte Post
, Pirmasens, Germany
September 16, 2016 – January 31, 2017
„Inglan Is A Bitch“
One Night Group Show, Spor Klübü, Berlin
Friday, November 25, 2016, 7 p.m.
MOST WANTED – Hier finden Sie das Glück (solo exhibition)
rosalux, Berlin
August 26, 2016 – September 18, 2016
Opening: August 26, 2016, 7 p.m.
I want to be a shine at the very top
;
Oberwelt e.V., Stuttgart, Germany
July 8 – September 16, 2016
Thermen am Viehmarkt
, Trier, Germany
June 12, 2016 – August 28, 2016
Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen/Bonn, Germany
February 14, 2016 – May 22, 2016
VITRINE-FN #26, Friedrichshafen, Germany
December 30, 2015 – February 25, 2016
Made in Balmoral, Bad Ems, Germany
December 12, 2015 – January 24, 2016
Must-have (solo exhibition), Museum FLUXUS+, Potsdam, Germany
November 22, 2015 – February 21, 2016

 


Exhibitions


Presence, Criticism, Utopia

August 26, 2017 — September 24, 2017
Opening: Friday, August 25, 2017, 7 p.m.
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2, 70173 Stuttgart
www.wkv-stuttgart.de

"…The Risk of Tumbling into Emptiness"
Herta Müller's 'Traveling on One Leg‘

Opening: Friday, July 14, 2017, 7 p.m.
July 14, 2017 — September 16, 2017
Oberwelt e.V. 
Reinsburgstrasse 93, 70197 Stuttgart
www.oberwelt.de

SWEET NOTHINGS – On Stage
(solo exhibition)
Opening: Friday, May 05, 2017, 7 p.m.
May 05, 2017 – July 01, 2017
ZAGREUS PROJEKT
Brunnenstraße 9a
10119 Berlin
www.zagreus.net

Opening "SWEET NOTHINGS – On Stage", May 5, 2017
film by www.goldbachfilm.de

 

Seepferdchen und Flugfische
Museum Forum Alte Post
Poststraße 2
66954 Pirmasens
www.forumaltepost.de
September 16, 2016 – January 15, 2017
artists:

Jonathan Baldcock, Joana BC, Isa Bordat, Selket Chlupka, Micha Das Bach, Andrea Dettmar, Carola Deye, Sebastian Haslauer, Stefanie Klingemann, Ahram Kwon, Anna Lehmann-Brauns, Stefan Mildenberger, Johanna Smiatek, Ina Weber, Zeljko Vidovic.

„Inglan Is A Bitch“
One Night Group Show
Friday, November 25, 2016, 7 p.m.
Spor Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin-Wedding

MOST WANTED – Hier finden Sie das Glück
(MOST WANTED – you may find happiness here)
(solo exhibition)
Opening: Friday, August 26, 2016, 7 p.m.
August 27, 2016 – September 18, 2016
rosalux
Wriezener Straße 12
13359 Berlin
www.rosalux.com

I want to be a shine at the very top
Opening: Friday, July 8, 2016, 7 pm
July 8 – September 16, 2016
Oberwelt e.V. 
Reinsburgstrasse 93, 70197 Stuttgart
www.oberwelt.de

Seepferdchen und Flugfische
Opening: June 11, 2016, 1 pm
Speaker during the opening event: State Premier Mrs. Malu Dreyer.
exhibition space: Thermen am Viehmarkt, Trier, Germany
Directorates-General cultural heritage of the state Rhineland-Palatinate
http://gdke-rlp.de
June 12, 2016 – August 28, 2016
artists:
Jonathan Baldcock, Joana BC, Isa Bordat, Selket Chlupka, Micha Das Bach, Andrea Dettmar, Carola Deye, Sebastian Haslauer, Stefanie Klingemann, Ahram Kwon, Anna Lehmann-Brauns, Stefan Mildenberger, Johanna Smiatek, Zeljko Vidovic, Ina Weber.
 

GENESE DADA – 100 JAHRE DADA
Seepferdchen und Flugfische
Opening: February 14, 2016, 11 a.m.
February 14, 2016 – May 22, 2016
Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck (Remagen/Bonn)
Hans-Arp-Allee 1
53424 Remagen
www.arpmuseum.org
Special exhibition "Seepferdchen und Flugfische"
artists:
Jonathan Baldcock, Joana BC, Isa Bordat, Selket Chlupka, Micha Das Bach, Andrea Dettmar, Carola Deye, Sebastian Haslauer, Stefanie Klingemann, Ahram Kwon, Anna Lehmann-Brauns, Stefan Mildenberger, Johanna Smiatek, Zeljko Vidovic, Ina Weber.
A catalogue will be published in the Salon Verlag, Cologne.

I will show my new interactive light work "Secret Power – Top Secret"
and the special edition "Hu Go Ball By Jo Hanna Smiatek".

Must-have
(solo exhibition)
Opening: Saturday, November 21th 2015, 7 pm
November 22, 2015 – February 21, 2016

museum FLUXUS+

Schiffbauergasse 4f
14467 Potsdam
www.fluxus-plus.de

VITRINE-FN #26

Friedrichshafen
December 30, 2015 – February 25, 2016
artists:
Johanna Smiatek, Satch Hoyt, Katrin Kampmann, Oliver Pietsch, Carlotta Herzog-von-Berg, Katja Pfeiffer, Vadim Zakharov, Katharina Arndt

Made in Balmoral
Bad Ems, Schloss Balmoral
December 12, 2015 – January 24, 2016
artists:
Johanna Smiatek, Jonathan Baldock

„You knee them in the chin…“

One Night Group Show

Friday, November 27, 2015, 7 pm

Spor Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin-Wedding

Die schwarze Spinne

September 19, 2015 – Oktober 17, 2015

Reinsburgstrasse 93, 70197 Stuttgart
www.oberwelt.de

IWF Mördertreff
One Night Group Show
Friday, November 28, 2014, 7 pm
Spor Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin-Wedding

Anonymous Drawings 2014, based in Berlin.
1. May 2014 – 19. May 2014
exhibition I: May 2 – 05, 2014 | opening: May 01 | 7 pm
exhibition II: May 9 – 12, 2014 | opening: May 08 | 7 pm
exhibition III: May 16 – 19, 2014 | opening: May 15 | 7 pm
300 drawings by Berlin-based artists will be presented anonymously in three consecutive exhibitions.
Pavillon am Milchhof
Schwedter Str. 232
10435 Berlin
www.milchhofpavillon.de 

Dear artist, draw for me!
Part 1: abstraction, concretion, notation and structure

1. February 2014 – 8. March 2014 
Semjoncontemporary
Gallery of contemporary art
Schröderstr. 1 
10115 Berlin-Mitte
www.semjoncontemporary.com 
Artists:
Axel Anklam, Colin Ardley, Eve Aschheim, Martin Assig, Carola Bark, Olaf Bastigkeit, Wolfgang Berndt, Alvar Beyer, Pedro Boese, Max Cole, Takayuki Daikoku, Angela Dwyer, Ute Essig, Ellinor Euler, Helmut Federle, Martin Flemming, Tony Franz, Matthias Geitel, Helga Edith Geng, Franziska Goes, Ludwig Gosewitz, István Haász, Renate Hampke, Bertram Hasenauer, Geka Heinke, Silke Helmerdig, Marc von der Hocht, Markus Keibel, Jan Klopfleisch, Achim Kobe, Willi Kopf, Bettina Krieg, Dittmar Krüger, Mayako Kubo, Michael Kutschbach, Katrin von Lehmann, Jobst Liebrecht, Ray Malone, Dóra  Maurer, János Megyik, Yurina Misaki, Taiyou Mori, Bastian Muhr, Henrik  U. Müller, Frank Nitsche, Susanne Pomrehn, Thomas Prochnow, Dirk Rathke, Matthias Reinmuth, Dorothee Rocke, Jakob Roepke, Christine Rusche, Christian Schellenberger, Hanns Schimansky, Christiane Schlosser, Daniel Schörnig, Arne Schreiber, Martina Schumacher, Gerda Schütte, Thomas Skiba, Zuzanna Skiba, Johanna Smiatek, Björn Streeck, Stefan Thiel, Petra Tödter, Gabriela Volanti, Royden Watson, Bettina Weiß, André Werner.

An exhibition catalogue will be published.


POWER.DELUSION.VISION. The tower and urban giants in the sculpture.

26. October 2013 – 23. February 2014
Museen Heilbronn:
Museum im Deutschhof and Kunsthalle Vogelmann
www.museen-heilbronn.de
Artists:
Doumbouya Aboudramane, Ràul Ortega Ayala, Jan Brueghel d. J., Boran Burchhardt, Claus Bury, James Lee Byars, Lynn Chadwick, Abraham David Christian, Tony Cragg, Stephen Craig, Marc Dittrich, Malachi Farrell, Sakir Gökçebag, Florian Goldmann, Florian Graf, Friedemann Grieshaber, Uli Günther, Klaus Hack, Günther Haese, Romuald Hazoumè, Albert Hien, Leiko Ikemura, Jörg Immendorff, Tadashi Kawamata, Per Kirkeby, Jan Köchermann, Wasa Marjanov, Martin Matschinsky und Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff, Fausto Melotti, Isa Melsheimer, Stephan Mörsch, Koken Nomura, Werner Pokorny, Bettina Pousttchi, Augustin Rebetez, Peter Sauerer, Jo Schöpfer, Abi Shek, Roman Signer, Johanna Smiatek, Giuseppe Spagnulo, Annette Streyl, Markus Uhr, Timm Ulrichs, Thomas Virnich, Fritz Wotruba, Erwin Wurm, Yin Xiuzhen.

An exhibition catalogue will be published. Including essays by Dr. Günter Baumann, Dieter Brunner, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lieb, Jutta Mattern M. A., Dr. Birgit Möckel, Dr. Kirsten Voigt.

REMIX – 10 years in the mix!
30. August 2013 – 22. September 2013

Spor Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin-Mitte (Wedding)
www.koloniewedding.de/sporkluebue


Pandora’s Box – 100 years of Franz Kafka’s Judgement

20. July 2013 – 03. September 2013 
Oberwelt e.V. 
Reinsburgstrasse 93, 70197 Stuttgart 
www.oberwelt.de


Schau Fenster Schau
curated by Uwe Poth 

SCHAU FENSTER, Schauraum für Kunst
09. August 2013 – 25. August 2013

Lobeckstr. 30-35, 10969 Berlin

www.schau-fenster.info

Artists: Udona Boerema, Roos van Haaften, Carla Mercedes Hihn, Anya Janssen, Johanna Smiatek, Uli Westphal, Margret Wibmer


Anonymous Drawings 2013
March 24 – April 20, 2013
Kunstverein Tiergarten / Galerie Nord 
Turmstraße 75, 10551 Berlin 
www.kunstverein-tiergarten.de
further stations:

Delikatessenhaus Leipzig
27. April 2013 – 19. May 2013

Karl-Heine-Str. 59, 04229 Leipzig;
Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven (TAC)
25. May 2013 – 9. June 2013

Vonderweg 1, 5611 BK Eindhoven, The Netherlands


THE MIRROR OF NARCISSUS. From Mythological Demigod to Mass Phenomenon
1. December 2012 – 10. February 2013
GALERIE IM TAXISPALAIS
6020 Innsbruck, Austria
www.galerieimtaxispalais.at
Artists:
Barbara Bloom, Felix Burger, Luis Camnitzer, Niklas Goldbach, Conny Habbel, Katja Hammerle, Ely Kim, Jürgen Klauke, Franticek Klossner, Urs Lüthi, Bjoern Melhus, John Miller, Olaf Nicolai, Helmut Schober, Johanna Smiatek, Anan Tzuckerman, Wainer Vaccari et al.

An exhibition catalogue will be published by Snoeck Verlag Köln (engl./germ.).
Including essays by Beate Ermacora, Maren Welsch, Sylvia Zwettler-Otte; Julia Brennacher, Lotte Dinse, Christian Hartard, Silvia Höller, Markus Neuwirth, Susanne Petersen, Dieter Ronte, Jürgen Tabor, Peter Weiermair.


„Cocaine – blows my brain..“

One Night Show – Friday, November 30, 2012, 8 pm
Spor Klübü, 13359 Berlin-Wedding
Artists:
Sonja Alhäuser, Mika Andersen, Robert Barta, Pedro Boese, Matthias Beckmann, Mark Brogan, Saskia Breitenreicher, Anna Bromley, Johannes Bünemann, Jérôme Chazeix, Maurice Doherty, Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, Anneke Eussen, Michael Fesca, Frederik Foert, Tom Früchtl, Anne Gathmann, Stella Geppert, Axel Gerber, Ingo Gerken, April Gertler, Robert Gfader, Zoe Giabouldaki, Massoud Graf-Hachempour, Armin Häberle, Andrea Hartinger, Max Hattler, Vanessa Henn, Stephan Homann, Hervé Humbert, Sarrita Hunn, Henrik Jacob, Hubi Jäger, Patrick Jambon, Jakob Jensen, Uwe Jonas, Stefan Kaminski, Silke Koch, Susanne Kohler, Simone Lanzenstiel, Julia Lazarus, LEO, Simon Lindhardt, Sabine Linse, Clement Loisel, Jens Christian Madsen, Gerhard Mantz, Matthias Mayer, Elva Olafsdottir, Kirsten Palz, pattypalmtree, Daniel Permanetter, Oliver Pietsch, Maria Leena Räihälä, Ioannis Savvidis, Adrian Schiesser, Mira Schnedler, Sonya Schönberger, Stefanie von Schroeter, Richard Schütz, Bernadette Schwelm, Anja Schwörer, Eva Seufert, Heiko Sievers, Heidi Sill, Johanna Smiatek, Eric Smith, Melissa Steckbauer, Gabriele Stellbaum, Klaudia Stoll, Jozefa Storp, Jaro Straub, Kirstine Strømberg, Vassiliea Stylianidou, Max Sudhues, Susa Templin, Alex Tennigkeit, Lina Theodorou, Thea Timm, Peter Torp, Julien Villaret, Jacqueline Wachall, Julius Weiland, Michael Witte, Gloria Zein, Sibylle Zeh, Michaela Zimmer, Christof Zwiener, Oliver Zwink. 


Salon Salder
Art Collection Museum Castle Salder
Salzgitter / Niedersachsen
9. September 2012 –  4. November 2012
Artists:
Rolf Bier, Volker Blumkowski, Christian Dootz, Lars Eckert, Bernd Giering, Oliver Godow, Ria Patricia Röder, Christine Schulz, Johanna Smiatek, Bernd Uhde, Mei-Shiu Winde-Liu, Anette Ziss. 

Constellations
Haus am Kleistpark
Grunewaldstr. 6-7, 10823 Berlin
17. August 2012 – 14. October 2012
Artists:
Ludwig Bräutigam, Harriet Groß, Alexander Habisreutinger, Jens Hausmann, Jan Klopfleisch, Anna Kolod, Bettina Kuntzsch, Petra Lottje, Ono Ludwig, Beatrice Minda, Yvonne Roeb, Susanne Ruoff, Daniel Schlemme, Egon Schrick, Zuzanna Skiba, Johanna Smiatek, Matthias Stuchtey, Ralf Tekaat, Johannes Vogl und Anne Vorbeck. 


UNSCHARF – Nach Gerhard Richter
BLUR after Gerhard Richter

Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall
20095 Hamburg
www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de

11. February 2011 – 15. May 2011
Artists:
Pablo Alonso, David Armstrong, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Michael Engler, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Maxine Henryson, Bill Jacobson, Adam Jankowski, Tamara K. E., Wolfgang Kessler, Karin Kneffel, Peter Loewy, Marc Lüders, Ralf Peters, Qiu Shihua, Gerhard Richter, Ugo Rondinone, Johanna Smiatek, Thomas Steffl, Ernst Volland, Franziskus Wendels, Michael Wesely, Paul Winstanley.
An exhibition catalogue will be published by Hatje Cantz Verlag. Hardcover, 180 pages.
Including essays by Hubertus Gaßner, Eckhart Hoffmann, Bernd Hüppauf, Sabine Schnakenberg, Marc Wellmann.