A conceptual artist from Sweden, Johanna Billing works mainly with video, weaving together music, movement and rhythm. In her practice, she merges the production modes of collective live events and workshops with a cinematic language, while activating a series of improvisations around the notion of performance.
Born in 1973 in Jönköping, Sweden, Billing currently lives and works in Stockholm. Her recent major solo exhibitions include those at Villa Croce, Genova, the MAC, Belfast, Modern Art Oxford, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, ACCA, Melbourne, Camden Art Centre, Kemper Museum, Kansas City; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, DCA, Dundee, PS. 1, New York (2006). She has participated in survey shows such as 4th Auckland Triennial, Last Ride in a Hot Balloon, Auckland, Documenta 12, Kassel, Belief, Singapore Biennale, 9th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Moscow Biennale, and 50th Venice Biennale. For a few years, she was also running the Make it Happen record label, publishing music and arranging live performances.
The main focus of Billing's work are the issues related to learning and the role time plays in this process. She often addresses political climates and cultural specificities, creating a fictive space to examine actual and contrived events. Her films often feature music which serves as a tool for communication, memory and reconstruction.
Featured image: Johanna Billing - Pulheim Jam Session, 2015 (detail). Video, HD, 22:40 min, loop. Photography by Sigrid Marie Luise Lange. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery