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Jakob Johannsen

Visual artist and photographer

(Master of Fine Arts)

Short Bio

1985 born in Germany and holding a MFA from Academy of Fine Arts – University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland 2016), Johannsen works and lives as artist in Finland since 2012. His conceptual art practice is characterised through the reflexive dealing with digital photo media and socio political themes. This happens in several works with an unconventional use of pixel elements in ceramic mosaics or in conceptual photo series and videos. As he lives in Helsinki as mixed family of different cultural backgrounds, diversity and questions of translation in many aspects, are an important part of everyday life. In current projects Johannsen examines the gesture of street photography regarding the context of colonial history, tourism and the exoticised gaze. His works have been shown at Mänttä Art Festival (Finland), on the cover page of the German “Photonews” magazine (Hamburg), at Galerie Erhard Witzel (Wiesbaden) and as part of the collection Stadtgalerie Kiel. He was supported e.g. by the Land Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) and the Taiteen Edistämiskeskus (Arts promotion Centre Finland).

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