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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.

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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?

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Photo: Juan Camilo Roa

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.

Studies

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

Prices and Scholarships

2018/19     Creator Broker Owner Förderung (Promotion). Berlin, Deutschland.

2016/17     Caspar-David-Friedrich Scholarship. Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur MV, Germany.

2015          First Price / Neue Sinnlichkeit 2015, JVA Magdeburg, Germany

2014          Boost Price / artSIEBEN Kunstverein,Greifswald / Vorpommern, Germany

2009          Ramón Zubiría Scholarship. Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia

2009          CUM LAUDE Degree. Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia

2006/07    Academic Award. Johannes Gutenberg University. Mainz, Germany

Individual exhibitions

2018       NICHT SEHEN WOLLEN/KÖNNEN. Galerie Irrgang. Berlin, Germany.

2017       Mutuum Auxilium. Galería Jenny Vilá. Cali, Colombia.

2017       Mutuum Auxilium. Fallada Haus. Greifswald, Germany.

2015       Die verlorene Klarheit. PollyFaber. Greifswald, Germany.

2014       The blindness of the sighted. BW Unlimited Galleries. Greifswald, Germany

2013       VER Y NO VER. Galería Las Edades. Bogotá, Colombia

2011        provocaciones. Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá,Colombia

2007       promesas. Akademie für Bildende Kunst. Mainz, Germany

Group exhibitions (selection)

2020

Rundgang HGB-Leipzig (Terms and Conditions, Klasse Bildende Kunst, Grafische Werkstätte). Leipzig, Germany.

2019

FINAL DRIFT/DRAFT. Westpol. Leipzig, Germany.

In Memorian. Galerie Irrgang. Leipzig, Germany.

2018

Arbeit/Spiel/Muse. Interdisciplinary project (dance/painting) from Anna Katalin Németh.

Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch”. Berlin, Germany.

Neue Aussichten. Neue Greifen Galerie. Greifswald, Germany.

TURN/Konglomerat. Leipzig, Germany.

2017

Galería Alonso Garcés invita a la Galería Jenny Vilá. Bogotá, Colombia.

REPRODUCIBLES. Museo de Arte de Pereira. Pereira, Colombia.

Entre los días y las cosas. Embajada de Colombia. Berlin, Germany.

Salon Berlin, Venezia Viva – Atelier Aperto. Venice, Italy.

Puls Pulse Pulsa!, Palais am Festungsgraben. Berlin, Germany.

REPRODUCIBLES, EspacioElDorado, Bogotá, Colombia.

NEWCOMER. NeueGreifenGalerie, Greifswald, Germany.

Puls Pulse Pulsa!, Palais am Festungsgraben. Berlin, Germany.

REPRODUCIBLES, EspacioElDorado, Bogotá, Colombia.

NEWCOMER. NeueGreifenGalerie, Greifswald, Germany.

2016

“vermeintlich anders” (KONGLOMERAT), Pöge/Haus e.V., Leipzig, Deutschland.

Exposición LA GARZA, Congr. de Nuestra Señora del Rosario Barrio Las Cruces. Bogotá, Kolumbien.

PERRON Kunstpreis, Kunsthaus Frankenthal, Deutschland.

schreibKUNST // Schreibkräfte, MDR Landesfunkhaus, Magdeburg, Germany

EN MEDIO, EspacioElDorado, Bogotá, Colombia

5. Eb-Dietzsch-Kunstpreis für Malerei 2016, Volksbank. Gera, Germany

NEULAND, Neue Greifen Galerie. Greifswald, Germany

2015

Berliner Nächte, Galerie FRANKLIN, München, Germany

MARIÄ HIMMELFAHRT. SILBER&SALZ Galerie. Berlin, Germany

SUBASARTE. Museo de arte moderno de Bogotá (MAMBO). Bogotá, Colombia

INSOMNALE 2015, CDFI. Greifswald. Germany

NEUE SINNLICHKEIT 2015. JVA, Magdeburg, Germany

TRIALOG. Moving Poets No-Villa. Berlin, Germany

CASPARS Grafik. Orangerie. Putbus, Germany

2014

ART Weissensee UTA, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz. Berlin, Germany

INSOMNALE 14, CDFI. Greifswald, Germany

2013

Sin pudor a ser pintura, Cámara de Comercio. Bogotá, Colombia

CINCO ARTISTAS cinco propuestas, Casa Cano. Bogotá, Colombia

2012

Navidad de Navidades, L.A. Galería. Bogotá, Colombia

Imagen Regional 7, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango. Bogotá, Colombia

4. Salón Regional, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango. Bogotá, Colombia

2011

IV Salón Imagen Regional, Banco de la República. Girardot, Colombia

Lanceros 2011, Museo Naval, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

IKAS ART 2011: III Muestra arte universitario, Bilbao Exhibition, Spain

Al Natural, Galeria Espacio Alterno Uniandinos. Bogotá, Colombia

2010

Miradas, Boulevard de Waterloo. Brussels, Belgium

VI Premio Uniandino al Arte, Galeria Espacio Alterno. Bogotá, Colombia

Primera bienal de arte colombiano, Principado Asturias. Brussels, Belgium

2009

Yolanda o Magdalena, 13. Salón Regional de Artistas. Sogamoso, Colombia

ARTIS 2009, Centro Cultural SKANDIA. Bogotá, Colombia

INVITADOS, Galería El MUSEO. Bogotá, Colombia

ART FAIRS

2018

ARTBO. Bogotá, Colombia.

2017

KUNST/MITTE Kunstmesse. Magdeburg, Germany.

Kölner Liste Kunst Messe (NeueGreifen Galerie). Cologne, Germany.

2016

Affordable Art Fair (NeueGreifen Galerie). Hamburg, Germany.

Kölner Liste Kunst Messe (NeueGreifen Galerie). Cologne, Germany.