Samstag, 9. Dezember 2023

19th edition of the International Exlibris Competition

 Three exlibris of mine are part of the 19th edition of the International Exlibris Competition

In October 2023, the 19th edition of the International Exlibris Competition, organized by the Regional Library "Lyuben Karavelov" - Ruse, "EX LIBRIS - EX DILEMMA", was held. The theme was a challenge to the artists to look for the philosophical essence of the diverse dilemmas of modern man and to send their messages.
The opening and celebration was on 27th of October 2023. The exlibris are on display until 31.12.2023 and afterwards become part of the library exlibris collection
A catalogue was published
Regional Library "Lyuben Karavelov" 1 Dondukov Korsakov Street, 7000 Ruse, Bulgaria

Freitag, 1. Dezember 2023

Dislocada/Dislocated in Puerto Rico

 street behind the curtain” in Puerto Rico atDislocada/Dislocated

Memory, Grief and Resilience.

December 1st – December 7th, 2023 Opening December 1st, 17.00 h

Galería Cuadrado Gris

455 C Tito Rodriguez

in San Juan 0915, Puerto Rico

The video performance “street behind the curtain” was made in collaboration with Jana Schmück (Bautzen, Germany). The work is a short version of “View Behind The Curtain” adapted specifically for the event.

Memory, Grief and Resilience. We also understand memory as a complete function, made up of two contradictory elements that comprise remembering and forgetting. One of the questions that we are endeavoring to articulate alongside you, is to think of the limits between both elements of remembering and forgetting. Does remembering really exist? Or is it an action of the subconscious as a way to avoid remembering a traumatic event? How do we remember? Do we remember through our senses, or through our body? Is remembering a perception of the mind or of the heart? What is it to once again remember?

Dienstag, 28. November 2023

¿Qué Quiere Mostrarme la Ciudad? / What does the city want to show me?

 ¿Qué Quiere Mostrarme la Ciudad? / What does the city want to show me?

Video. Performance. 2023

The work of Johannes Gerard proposes an artistic exploration of culture, space and identity in Quito, through videos, performance and elements autobiographical. During the process, Gerard toured Quito through daily journeys in buses or walks around the city. Letting yourself be carried away by chance, curiosity and intuition, the artist became a distant observer of urban life, discovering the diversity, complexity and beauty of the capital. In their tours he was able to get to know different places, people, situations and atmospheres that inspired him to create his work. With his drift, the artist seeks to reveal and stress the traces of the utopian and the dystopian in the city and relate them to his own social disconnection and search for solitude. Through his work, Gerard shows us a vision personal and criticism of Quito, a city that for the artist becomes dichotomous since it is at the same time a dream and a nightmare, a place of meeting and isolation, a reality and a fiction. Quito, like many cities, is a city that lives in a contradiction, houses intersecting realities, dreams and nightmares that struggle between the progress and regression. It is a city that offers opportunities and challenges, that welcomes and excludes, that unites and divides, that transforms and resists, that adapts and rebels, which is invented and remembered. Quito lives a reality that It involves fiction, hope and political disenchantment. The project proposes a cultural experience manifested in videos about the Daily life and atmosphere of the city taken during the day and night, and a performance that narrates the relationship between the city, the people and Gerard. He artist uses different media such as video and performance to create a narrative that reflects on identity, memory, power, violence, endurance. Gerard draws inspiration from his own biography, as well as the history and culture of Quito, to create a work that dialogues with the social and political context of the country. The artist also incorporates elements from nature, popular art, architecture, religion and literature, to create a visual language that expresses their sensitivity and commitment to the environment and human rights humans, each fight is a way to transform dystopia into utopia.

Rubén Darío Díaz Chávez Curator No Lugar – Contemporary Art, 

Quito, Ecuador, November 2023

With Thanks To Stroom, The Hague, Netherlands

Live performance : la ciudad, la gente y yo - the city, the people and I 

                            Premiere: 21 November at 2023 No Lugar, Quito,Ecuador 

Video Work:Premiere 21 November 2023 at No Lugar, Quito, Ecuador 

1: ¿Qué Quiere Mostrarme la Ciudad? (version diurno / 

     What Does the City Want to Show Me? (day light version)

2:  ¿Qué Quiere Mostrarme la Ciudad? (version nocturno / 

      What Does the City Want to Show Me? (night version )

Link to both version for viewing:

5th Video Art Forum

 5th Video Art Forum

International video art forum with 68 works from 29 countries.

Participating with '"the luminous path of a troubled mind” & “steadliy flowing - steadily moving”

Event and forum opening was 21 st of November 2023

Dar Noura Al Moussa Center for Arts

Al-Ahsa, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia / @videoart_forum

the luminous path of a troubled mind

steadily flowing - steadily moving

Dienstag, 21. November 2023

21/11/2023 Presentation of ¿Qué quiere mostrarme la ciudad?

 Today 21st of November 2023 is the presentation of my project ¿Qué quiere mostrarme la ciudad? (What the city wants to show me?) at

NO LUGAR, Quito, Ecuador

Samstag, 18. November 2023

FORMA Y SUBSTANCIA International Festival of Performance

 My video performance The Plant / La Planta will be presented at the
FORM and
SUBSTANCE International Festival of Performance, to be held in Honduras, from November 20 to 26, 2023.

The festival takes place in the capital Tegucigalpa and its sister city of Comayagüela. There are several events location spread over the cities such as Centro Cultural de Espana / Centro de Arte y Cultura UNAH / Museo para la Identidad Nacional among others as well public space such as parks . The festivals is organized for the third time by RACA Red de Arte Centro America. Director /Curator Ever Rodas Curators Norma Silva, Pancho Lopez

My work THE PLANT visualizes the diginity of time, silence, solitude and living in carefully executed movements. The work has a philosophical approach, partly influenced by Buddhist and Zen thought, but at the same time contains autobiographical elements. It is a performance with deliberate movements and without words.

Dienstag, 14. November 2023

One more week “What the city wants to show me”

 One more week until the final presentation on November 21, 2023 and the last few days to round off my project with the working title. “What the city wants to show me” refering to the city of Quito Things are taking shape, now two video works have already been edited and finished. Now it's time to tackle my upcoming performance, which is a combination of live performance, sound art and installation. That means rehearsing and arranging the props.

Coordinator and curator of the project Ruben Diaz (no lugar)

With thanks to Stroom, The Hague, Netherlands