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Sven Johne: Where the sky is darkest, the stars are brightest.


8.6.2013 – 1.9.2013

7.6.2013, 7pm

Screening and artist talk
30.8.2013, 7pm

Press release

The suggestive field of documentary photographic form and its entanglement with texts, stories and history has played a key role in the photographic practice of Sven Johne since many years. In his work he systematically puts the focus on the relationship between what can be shown and what can be known about what can be shown. By doing so, he demonstrates again and again that documentary images do not exclusively belong to the realm of the visible and that dependence on the word, on knowledge, in short, on the power to attribute meaning is inherent to them. For his first comprehensive solo exhibition in Austria, the artist combines a selection of works from the past few years with topical projects that pointedly articulate our visual present’s precarious and controversial space of “documentality” (Hito Steyerl) that is increasingly contested in ongoing debates.

Sven Johne
Born in Bergen, island of Rügen, in 1976, lives and works in Berlin.
Among his most recent solo exhibitions there are “Der Weg nach Eldorado”, KLEMM’S, Berlin (2013); “Following the Circus”, Galerie Christian Nagel, Antwerp (2012); “Greatest Show on Earth”, KLEMM’S, Berlin (2011); “Photographic and Video Work”, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (2011); and “Berichte zwischen Morgen und Grauen”, Frankfurter Kunstverein.
He participated i.a. in “Making History”, Frankfurter Kunstverein and MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt; “Made in Germany Zwei”, Sprengel Museum, Hannover; “Cantemus—Choirs, the Sublime and the Exegesis of Being”, ARGOS, Brussels; and “Doppelte Ökonomien”, Halle 14, Leipzig (all 2012).

A monographic contribution by Sven Johne with a text by Susanne Holschbach was published in Camera Austria International 118/2012.


Free publishing is only agreed in conjunction with a report about the exhibition or publication. We request that the photographies are displayed fully without any cropping. Photographies are available as download with the link provided.

  • 18. September 2012, 20:41 Uhr, Skouries-Stratoni
    Der Wachmann schaut misstrauisch, als ich meine Kamera neben der Goldmine aufbaue. Ein Anschlag im Ort verrät: die Mine gehört seit letztem Jahr zu 95 Prozent einem kanadischen Bergbauunternehmen. Seit einigen Monaten immer wieder Proteste der lokalen Bevölkerung. Es ist die ertragreichste Förderstätte Griechenlands. Das Land ist reich. / The guard looks suspicious as I set up my camera near the goldmine. A flyer in the village reveals that the site is now 95-percent owned by a Canadian mining company. For months there have been local protests. It’s the most profitable mine in all of Greece. The land is rich.

    Sven Johne, Stratoni, 2013, aus der Serie / from the series: Griechenland-Zyklus.
    Courtesy: Galerie KLEMM´S, Berlin.
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  • Sven Johne, Detail aus / detail from: Seafaring Discoveries of Our Time, 2008.
    Courtesy: Galerie KLEMM´S, Berlin.
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  • Sven Johne, Empire, 2004, aus der Serie / from the series: Ship Cancellation. Courtesy: Galerie KLEMM´S, Berlin.
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  • Sven Johne, Video still aus / from: Greatest Show on Earth, 2011. Courtesy: Galerie KLEMM´S, Berlin.
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