Johannes Schwartz

Johannes Schwartz (München, DE, 1970) lives and works in Amsterdam.
Selected for On the Move: the multimedia project Tiergarten (2014).

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About Tiergarten (2014)

What do zookeepers feed a wild animal in captivity to keep it “wild”? How can this food be considered “prey” when the animals are kept in a cultivated environment and no longer able, or necessitated, to hunt? This is the premise of Johannes Schwartz’s exploration, which was set in Moscow’s city zoo. The result is photos of slabs of fish on a plate, a hump of raw meat and chunks of bread – foods that are commonly found in our diets, but when presented in such a manner, hardly suggest human consumption. When it came to printing the images, Schwartz experimented by changing the dithering settings and applying an unorthodox use of colors, which generated surprising color palettes. In effect, Schwartz used the machine as a painting tool, allowing chance to define the outcome and exploiting the unusual results to the full. Schwartz has a long-standing collaboration with Experimental Jetset, a graphic design bureau. In 2003, Schwartz and Experimental Jetset began producing High, an ongoing series of publications that are primarily created in conjunction with an exhibition.

Work from the series: Tiergarten (2014)
Work from the series: Tiergarten (2014)


Club Donny │ Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos │ Verena Blok │ Sara Blokland │Olivier van Breugel and Simone Mudde │ Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács │ Sarah Carlier │ Elspeth Diederix │ Meike Eggers and Michael Anhalt │ Ringel Goslinga │ Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen │ Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong │ Thomas Kuijpers │ Kadir van Lohuizen │ Anaïs Lopez, Eva Smallegange and Linda Braber | Hans van der Meer │ Theo Niekus │ Gábor Õsz  │ Rune Peitersen │ Ahmet Polat │ Johannes Schwartz │ Petra Stavast │ Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort │ Martine Stig │ Nadine Stijns │ Andrea Stultiens │Elisabeth Tonnard │ Witho Worms and Hans Gremmen