scan auf dibond, 2019-ongoing
The project Resurface devotes itself to female artists of the 19th and 20th century who, although successful in their own lifetimes, are not present in the global memory today. Thanks to ongoing digitization, the archived works and biographies of these female artists are gradually resurfacing on the internet. Photographic portraits are uploaded and Wikipedia entries written. JOHANNA REICH produces Polaroids of the digital testimonies. In order to make the brief moment of “resurfacing” visible, she films the picture development process with a digital camera.
Resurface Part II is about successful women artists of the 19th and 20th century who are not adequately recognized for their oeuvre. They have not “completely disappeared”, in many cases you can even find a larger website of these artists or individual works in well-known museums. They seem to be aware but in a kind of translucent presence. Johanna Reich made polaroids of their portraits and scanned the polaroid during the development process, a picture with the artist’s beautiful outlines emerges.
During the photo development, color shades are captured that can only be seen during the development process. These images form a cycle between digital and analog – past and future. RESURFACE (Part II) is a continuation of RESURFACE (Part I) which deals with the archive of “forgotten” female artists who turn up in the internet and undermine the male dominated art history of the 19th and 20th century with the help of the internet.