Amelia Johannes – Clouds/Rocks
Site Number: 37
Site Location: Biba wall, Little Smith St.
Artwork Title: Clouds/Rocks
Artist: Amelia Johannes
Clouds/Rocks is a video work inspired by shared memory and lived experience. Motivated by a personal exploration into cultural identity and an artistic exploration into a twofold identity: homeland/diaspora, South Africa/Australia, here/there, past/present, memory/history, I/we, one/other, clouds/rocks. Amelia Johannes’ practice visually explores identity, uncertainty, memory and tradition. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Johannes’ artworks are influenced by research into identity, migration, lived tradition, cultural heritage and anthropology.
Amelia Johannes is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Johannes’ practice visually explores identity, uncertainty, memory and tradition. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Johannes’ artworks are influenced by research into identity, migration, lived tradition, cultural heritage and anthropology. Her artworks examine how tradition is formed and her practice is an ongoing examination into the construction of the self and duality of identity. Her creative investigations re-assemble collected materials in idiosyncratic ways, to emphasize patterns and to transform the original material into visually abstract forms to conceptually investigate signifiers of identity.
Johannes recently completed Master of Fine Art (By Research) at VCA. Since graduating, Johannes has exhibiting in video festivals and art exhibitions across Australia and internationally. She has presented solo exhibitions at Firstdraft gallery (Sydney), Propaganda Window (Melbourne) and Linden Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne). Selected art and video festivals include Tele Visions (Sydney), Tele Visions Afterlude at EXPERIMENTA (touring Australia), Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Nite Art festival, Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Filmideo (Newark, New Jersey). In 2015, Johannes will exhibit work at Basement Media Festival (various locations across the USA) and Haptic Narratives, TiMaDi (University of Greenwich, London, UK).