How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015


Van Overmeir, Johanna

Born in Duffel, BE

„I am part of a moving sculpture.“

Johanna van Overmeir conveys her ideas to her audience through performances, installations, videos as well as mixed media. She is the servant of her art, she abandons herself, her ego, during the processes and becomes the subject of her well-prepared actions.

Johanna obtained her master’s degree at the KASK, Royal academy of fine arts in Ghent. She worked for artists such as Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven and Noritoshi Hirakawa, among others. Internationally, she acquired new ideas and experiences in Japan and New York. She was a member of Flux Factory in Queens (New York).

Johanna Van Overmeir will swing for an entire exhaustingly long day, high in the air, in between the media machine space and the central exhibition space of the Biennale pavilion. She has a Janus face, looking both sides, Asia and Europe, past and future, youth and death.

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Janus, 2015

Dressed in a frock, Johanna silently sways on a huge swing. The folklore dress, made of simple and old materials and consisting of several layers, refers to characters – a god , a scarecrow, a hypnotist. The swing is made of natural materials such as wood and flax and was positioned in an archway in the venue in Moscow. Janus swings from a dark room to a bright room. The repetitive, pendulum-like movements offered a break for the spectators in processing the flow of information of this exhibition.