johanna gratzer (?)



Johanna Gratzer is a female, visual design student from Austria. Currently, she is doing her BA in the Communication Department at DAE, Eindhoven, NL. Recently, she participated in an exchange program at the VC Department at ZhdK, Zürich, CH.

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Her practice can’t be solely linked to a single discipline, but rather evolves around multiplicity / is based on theory, resumption of history and means of narration. Depending on the context, she prefers to alter various streams of information, with a strong emphasis on the depiction of the wo(man), describing an appeal for gender equality and feminist narratives.

(1) Darstellung lebloser Gegenstände, 2021
Research, Editorial

Research into the history of Vanitas still-lifes, etymology and terminology of the term “Vanitas” and it’s historical implementation. Over time, the understanding of the term “Vanitas” has taken different shapes and means for society. We now understand, that Vanitas received their hermeneutic purpose only along the late 15th century, becoming an important motive in literature and fine arts. Vanitas served as a political, clerical reference point for society up till the 19th century,  and ultimately formed society in its philosophical understanding of beliefs and systems. The project resulted in an analysis, translated in the format of a publication.

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Mentoring by Alex Hanimann, Annamaria Vasvaria
VC ZhdK, Zürich, CH
February 2021 ongoing