MOST WANTED – Hier finden Sie das Glück – Johanna Smiatek


(MOST WANTED – you may find happiness here)

Installation with evanescent and moving objects, drawings and collages

Artist Johanna Smiatek presents in her exhibition MOST WANTED the quest for happiness and shows promises which are made by mass media, advertising and online shops.
Happiness, not as a sensory condition, but as a nondurable good.
The main piece of the exhibition is the „Love-Machine“ – an installation, that allows each visitor to enjoy a moment of happiness.

About the artist:
Johanna Smiatek is a critical observer of the mechanisms of our society and the media. She looks behind the scenes and impeachs some sights of the society.
She develops her own language of communication to disclose systems.
Her artistic work is often in the borderland between two phenomena, the natural and the artificial, the reality and the virtuality, modern technology and human affectivity.
The big key issues are self-projection, narcissism, fashion, glamour and other affectations.
Her artistic media are objects (often moving), interactive installations and drawings, which will find the way to arrangements in space.

The artist participates in international curated shows and exhibited in different museums like the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Georg Kolbe Museum, ROHKUNSTBAU, Kunstmuseen Heilbronn, etc.
Johanna Smiatek, *1967 Hannover (Germany), lives and works in Berlin (Germany).

Artist Talk & Brunch with Johanna Smiatek & Arne Reimann
Saturday, September 17

Arne Reimann
Born 1977 in Freiburg im Breisgau, DE
Lives and works in Berlin and Düsseldorf, DE

Arne Reimann studied 1999–2009 art history und philosophy at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, and since 2013 he is working on his doctoral theses. 2010/11 he got a curatorial fellowship at Schloss Ringenberg (Hamminkeln, DE/NL) by the county of North Rhine-Westphalia, and 2014/15 at the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral (Bad Ems, DE) by Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur (Foundation for Culture, county Rhineland-Palatinate).

The freelance curator und author worked for varying institutions, like 2002–07 at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2005–07 as academic trainee; 2005–08 founder and director of the REIMANN LE BÈGUE gallery, Düsseldorf, DE, together with Florence Le Bègue and 2009/10 project manager of the KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, DE. He curates exhibitions for different museums like the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck (Bonn/Remagen, DE).

Press about the exhibition:
Kulturradio Berlin, 27.08.2016. Michaela Gericke about the exhibition „Most Wanted“
Giacomo Maihofer: Liebesluft: Johanna Smiateks Arbeiten im Projektraum rosalux, Tagesspiegel Berlin, 10.09.2016
Giacomo Maihofer: Tatsächlich…Pheromone
Platzende Pheromonblasen und Liebesbekundungen in Endlosschleife: In einer Ausstellung im Weddinger Projektraum rosalux denkt die Künstlerin Johanna Smiatek über die Liebe nach, Tagesspiegel Online-Ausgabe, 12.09.2016