Johanna Calle

Colombian , 1965 -

“To me, the medium of drawing is equal to a language. A language that is constantly adapting itself.”

Calle investigates the boundaries of lines with a preference for a black and white palette. Her exploration of drawing and pushing the medium into a wide variety of techniques are at the heart of her formal, conceptual practice. Her method of line making is that of a physical approach--one that includes wire, stitching, text, along with the more traditional use of ink and pencil.

In 1992-1993 Calle won a British Council Scholarship to do a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art, London UK and in 2001, the Alliançe Française Fellowship at the Cité des Arts in Paris. In 2012, the Central Bank from the Republic of Colombia minted two coins after her drawings, circulating as currency at present. In 2013 the Ministry of Culture from the Republic of Colombia granted her a prize to complete the project Lluvias. She is married to Julio César Pérez Navarrete, collaborator and researcher.

Calle’s one woman exhibitions include: Silentes, 2015- 2016 a retrospective at the Museum of Art at the Bank of the Republic, Bogotá, Colombia and Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Grafos, 2014 and Intertexts, 2012 at Marilia Razuk Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Foto-Gramatica, 2013, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna, Austria.

During 2016 she exhibited in the 20th Sydney Biennale, Australia. In 2015 she participated in the IV Trienal Poli/Gráfica, San Juan, Puerto Rico and in 2014 she was included in SITELines: Unsettled Landscapes, New Mexico, USA as well as the 31st Biennale de São Paulo, Brazil. Other group shows include Lines, Hauser & Wirth Zurich; XII Istanbul Biennial, 2011 and VII Mercosul Biennial, 2009.
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