The blindness has been a central topic of my artistic activity and a personal commitment for years. This interest is not just related to the impossibility of seeing in the sense of a physical disability. The cognitive level (seeing but not understanding, or not wanting to understand), the historical representation, and the emotional and political dimension of this phenomenon, have been aspects that I have explored through the production of my work. Over the years, I have analyzed this topic through different perspectives, methods and techniques: painting, printing, carving and also some objects with tactile qualities. I have additionally developed text through the publication Andere Koordinaten (Other Coordinates) in which I interview people with visual impairment. The way a blind person approaches the world questions directly my point of view (eminently visual) and broadens the limits of my perception and my consciousness.
What happens when an image is created thinking of a pair of eyes that cannot see? Is this image perceived differently? What is it, that my eyes cannot see? What is it, that I prefer not seeing?
Juana Anzellini was born and raised in Colombia. She is currently living and working between Berlin and Leipzig. At this time, she is pursuing a Meisterschülerstudium at the HGB-Leipzig (Germany) lead by Prof. Helmut Mark (Klasse Bildende Kunst). Juana graduated with Masters in Fine Arts from Caspar David Friedrich Institut (Greifswald, Germany) in 2015. She also holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Her artistic work focuses on painting, drawing and printing. The theme “Blindness” in its physical, as well as in its psychical dimension, is the central and most important motivation of her artistic work. Due to her strong personal interest on the figure of the blind, and its respective perceptive limits and ranges, the ground of her ideas reaches again and again a broader perspective. Blindness is not just a matter of not seeing through the eyes.
She is an active artist and exhibits internationally since 2009.
2018/20 Meisterschülerstudium by Prof. Helmut Mark, HGB-Leipzig, Germany
2015 M.F.A., Ernst Moritz Arndt Universität, CDFI. Greifswald, Germany
2014 Sommer Courses, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
2009 B.F.A. & Minor in Literature, Univ. de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
2006/07 Academic exchange by Prof. Friedemann Hahn, Akademie für Bildende Kunst. Mainz, Germany