Julia Krahn is a German multidisciplinary artist. She was born in Jülich in 1978 and grew up in Aachen in Germany. To devote herself completely to art, she leaves her medical studies and moves to Milan where she lives and works. During the lockdown she opens her new studio in Santa Lucia, in the center of Sorrento.
Julia Krahn’s work quests for the permeability of the sight between the artist’s and the observer’s identity. Daily objects, symbols, traces of the past are here redefined through the photographic images. Her works are therefore characterized by a fluid ambiguity: the artist is interested on crystallizing the fragments of a secret and real private and transforming it from a liquid to a solid state, more than just narrating a story or reporting the passing of time.
The artist research reflects upon lost and unbalanced values in society, family, and religion up to pointing her camera on images that recalls Christian icons. She creates images that underline the contrast with traditional symbols and works on the conflict staging pairs of opposites, at times making self portraits with the automatic shutter release using her own body.
In Krahn’s work importance is equally given to image and format on a range of work which is developed on different scales and supports. Her giant wallpapers with all the strength of an image without supports, glass or frames overbear the observer, physically overlook him, acquiring pictorial features that like big frescos breaks the distance between the observer and the ambient. At the same time the artist combines the space with small unique pieces as the metal frame cammeos which to the contrary of the wallpapers set up a face to face dialogue with the viewer involving him with the preciousness of the object and of its perception.
Among the personal exhibitions and participation in institutions, the following should be noted:
2022 ST. JAVELIN, Museo Novecento, Firenze | HILDE, Fondazione Pietà de’ Turchini, Napoli | 2021 Paradise Lost, DG Kunstraum, München | 2019 DoUtDo, Parco Archeologico degli Scavi di Pompei, Pompei | Vulgata, Dom- und Diözesanmuseum Mainz (D) | 2018 ICEA – Soundlines of Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia | Watch Your Bubble! Kustverein Tiergarten Berlin (D) | 2017 Oblio, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma | Song Song Stills, Antonella Cattani Bolzano | Figura, Stiftung St.Matthäus Berlin, Bad Wilsnack, Berlin (D) | 2016 NEEDS, Akademie Graz, Graz Museum, Graz, (A) I Observation without an observer, National Gallery, Skopje, Repubblica di Macedonia | 2015 Rabenmütter, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, (A) | Last Supper, Fondazione Stelline, Milano | It might have been a pigeon, Museo Diocesano, Milano | Woman, Mother, Idol, Landesmuseum Hannover, Hannover (D) | Sirens – Improvisation und Video, Sophienkirche, Berlin (D) | 2014 Trust Me, HdKK, Stuttgart (D) | 2013 Leidenschaften, Stiftung St.Matthäus, Berlin (D) | Beyond Belief, Musei civici Imola | 2012 Lilies and Linen, Antonella Cattani contemporary art, Bolzano | Mother Loves You, Voice Gallery, Marrakech | 2011 Angelus Militans – Nunc Instantis, Carlotta Testori Studio, Milan | 2010 Ja, Ich Will! Zirkumflex, Berlin (D) | 2007 The Creation of Memory, Galleria Magrorocca, Milan | 2003 Von Gänsen und Elefanten, Tufanostudio25Milan
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