“We have long been living in two worlds; the virtual world can be seen as the simulacrum of the physical world. However, the two worlds have overlapped and influenced one another to such an extent that the current question appears to be whether the real world has not become a simulacrum of the simulacrum …
Identity or picture? Simulation, hyperreality, illusion or deception? In what kind of a world do we live and what pictures do we see?”
Born in Minden, Germany, in 1977, Johanna Reich has been exploring these very subjects for years in various ways through painting, video, performance, photography, sculpture and holographic projections.
Her works have already been featured in individual or group exhibitions in Germany and abroad, including at the following institutions: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2007), Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009), Kunsthaus Hamburg (2010), Stella Art Foundation, Moscow (2010) Kunst Werke Berlin (2010), Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (2010), Cobra Museum Amstelveen (2011), Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2011), Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011), Museum für Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt (2011), Arp Museum Rolandseck (2012), Kunsthaus Nürnberg (2013), Kunsthalle Münster (2013), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2013), Palais de Tokyo Paris (2014), Kunsthaus Düsseldorf (2014), Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl (2015), Clemes Sels Museum Neuss (2015), PRISKA PASQUER (2015), Kasseler Kunstverein im Friedericianum, Kassel (2016) , Litfaßsäulen Köln, Cologne (2016), Istanbul Modern (2016), PRISKA PASQUER (2016), Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland (2017), Q12 im MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna (2017), Gislaved Konsthall, Sweden (2017), satellite project of the SkulpturProjekte Münster sculpture projects, Marl and LWL Münster (2017).
Among other prizes, she has won the Nam June Paik Award (2006), the Japanese Excellence Prize for Media Art (2007), the Funding Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for Media Art (2009), the Konrad von Soest Award (2011) and the LVR Culture Award (2017).
Her works are part of international Collections like the Jerry Speyer Collection New York, the Goetz Collection Munich or the Collection of Museum Ludwig Cologne.