Ideas only become clearer when you work on them. This is true in life, and even more so for Johanna Schaible, known for her labor-intensive artistic practice. On her work-visit to San José, she takes the city’s omnipresent window grills as a starting point, exploring these unique barriers between private and public to produce a series of striking, meticulously crafted experiments in color and geometry.
Johanna Schaible’s work explores the border between art and design, often incorporating contemporary graphics, illustration, sign painting, and book art. She regularly collaborates with individuals to develop intimate stories and surprising forms for the visual dissemination of knowledge.
For Vida Privada, the artist spent many days with three tenants whose homes are protected by grills, documenting the worlds and stories of their everyday lives. While her presence may seem intrusive, her choice to illustrate these scenes transforms each space, preserving its intimacy in a way that photos would not. This series of illustrations, which will be arranged into three unique books, will briefly be presented at Despacio before being gifted to the residents it portrays.
Johanna Schaible’s solo project and the results of her intimate collaborations with each resident will be presented on July 5th, 2018 from 7pm - 9pm and will run through July 8th, 2018 by appointment. Alongside, other handcrafted books of the artist will be on display as part of the Library in Residence program. This project is made possible by the support of Pro Helvetia and Kultur Stadt Bern.
Johanna Schaible is a French-Swiss artist, living in Bern. She holds a degree in Illustration Fiction Visual Communication from the University of Lucerne and is the 2014 recipient of the international Fumetto Prize for Young Illustrators, together with Dimitra Charamanda. Her work has been on display at the Newtown Hall (Prag), the Neue Galerie (London), the Kunstmuseum Thun (Bern), and Réunion (Tegucicalpa), among others.