A selection from one of a more recent portfolio of photos reflecting the subjects of time and now.
Johannes Christopher GerardPhotographer
Genres:time, now, clocks
Country of Origin:Netherlands
Born in Cologne, Germany 1959. Studied at School of Printmaking and Design , Cologne, Germany from 1975-1987and at Dun Laogharie School of Art and Design, (IADT) Dublin, Ireland from 1977-1981.
Until today lived and worked in different countries in Europe, Far East, North and South Americas, West Africa and Australia
Since 1981worldwide participation in exhibitions, projects and festivals. After finishing study work mainly in the disciplines of sculting, painting and printmaking.
However in 2007 abruptly stopped with painting and sculpting. In the same year created first Land Art and installations objects. 2010-2014 strong focus on photography. Throught the collaboration in 2014 with dancer Tsai Hsin-Ying (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and performance artist Kao Yi (Tainan,Taiwan)during the "Silent Crossing Border" project at Soulangh Culture Park in Tainan, Taiwan starts contucting first video films and performance pieces. From that year and this project on his work and artistic visions start to focus on interdisciplinary, multi media and collaboration projects. Since that time collaboration projects with artists from different culture backgrounds and disciplines were regulary implemented. Among others the “Anticipating You” project with theater group DFT Stage in St. Petersburg, Russia (2016). In 2018 the project "Yerevan in March" with studens from the Cinematographic and Theater Institute in Yerevan, Armenia. In 2021 he conducted with Eric Kofi (Kumasi, Ghana) the performance project “I can not see-Stay behind” in conjunction with pIAR in Kumasi, Ghana. Followed in November 2021 by the STOP LOOK GO project with flutist Yahoo Acharay (Baktapur,Nepal) at the Mandala Theater, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Beside his visual art work he became interested in Social Sculpture Principles. This was partly influence through his work as art docent at educational institutes in Ireland, Taiwan, Netherlands and Germany. Therefor in 2016 he created in collaboration with theater pedagogue Denise Dröge(Berlin, D), a Social Sculpture Workshop for children. Which in 2017 he developed further into a Social Sculpture Workshop for students and adults at the Pushkinskya10 Culture Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. Both workshops are regularly worldwide conducted. The most recent workshop took place in December 2022 at Casa Colombo Alemana (Goethe Institute), Cartagena, Colombia
The lastest development within his work and projects was to start and to experiment with the medium sound. In 2022 he participated at the sound project “Autistic Interiors” in The Hague, Netherlands implemented by the German sound artist Anne Wellmer. Since then he created various sound pieces which were published and performed in 2022 in Germany, Canada, Croatia and Italy
Through my life situation and during my art art career I lived and worked until now in different places and countries. Among others, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Armenia, Lithuania, Argentina, Australia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, China, Taiwan, Russia, Mexico, Ghana and Nepal. This type of lifestyle and artistic career ultimately had a great impact on my vision and my concepts as an artist. To be in motion, the urgency to cross the boundaries, nowhere to feel at home and a mental restlessness became an important source of inspection. The disciplines I work with included, video, photography, performance, installation (land art) and printmaking (lino cut & digital). By these means my work developed since 2014 a strong interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. In general the work focus on subjects within among others on culture issues, the social, urban and rural environments we live in and be created by our self. Gender and sexuality issuesAs well identity and crossing borders issues (mentally as well as physical)
I am interested in isolating these subjects respectively objects, cataloging them, analyzing them and studying them in detail. Deepening the context in which they find themselves, how they differ from one place to another, neighborhoods or communities. Finally how they relate to and connect with each other