You must read slowly, like a somewhat difficult text, to allow time for it to give up its visual secrets in increments. It insists that you stay, pause, wait; see, and then see more. This demand is for a form of attention, as if you were being asked to enter a chamber denuded of distraction, where the eye’s seeing and the mindheart’s listening conjoin. As if the work were asking us to see the silence.
(Ann Lauterbach Johanna Tiedtke’s Wall Pieces: Rescuing Silence, 2015)
Johanna Tiedtke was born 1981 in Eckernförde, in northern Germany. She was trained in classical music (violine) and studied painting at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HfbK), where she graduated with her diploma in 2012. Since 2015 she holds a Master of Fine Arts from Bard College, New York. Among other grants such as by the Rudolf Augstein Foundation she received an annual scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2013. Johanna Tiedtke has shown her work internationally e.g. in Berlin, Miami, London, Vienna, Paris and New York, including the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York and the Museum Marta in Herford. Beyond her individual work, Johanna Tiedtke engages in interdisciplinary collaborations. In 2016, Revolver published her first monograph entitled Hanna Burow.