Sven Johne's videos and photographic works playfully act on the accustomed manner of representation
and readability. By combining images with sober,report-like narratives, he introduces the fictional element in his works, taking their meaning beyond the purely documentary. His works generate space for associations, creating metaphors for being and conceiving alternative myths, in times when global change impacts the life of every individual.
Sven Johne has been awarded several scholarships and stipends, including: DAAD; Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung; Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff; ISCP, New York; and the Prize of the Academy of Fine Arts Berlin.
Recent exhibitions: 1st Riga Biennial, Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More, Riga (2018); Fotografierte Ferne, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2017); Farewell Photography, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg (2017); Natural Histories, MUMOK, Vienna (2017); Window of the World, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art (solo exhibition, 2016); Reset. Outskirts/Randlagen, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2016); History Is a Warm Gun, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), Berlin; Welcome to the Jungle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015)
Дорогой Владимир Путин / Dear Vladimir Putin, 2017 (still, detail)
Single-channel 4K video, colour, sound, 17ʹ 30ʹʹ
Courtesy of the artist and KLEMM'S, Berlin © VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn 2018