Johanna Schwab graduated with an art degree from the Dresden University of Fine Arts and with a masters in cultural management from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
She loves painting, using different mediums on various backgrounds, very much on clothing. Her creative work with textiles and her approach to fashion has been exploratory from the beginning. She is passionate about the mutual influence of art and fashion and fashion as a cultural practice. From her research she develops approaches and platforms, such as the interview podcast “Refashion NYC” or the team-curated exhibition “Nobody’s Fashion Week”. She finds that learning through the lense of fashion is worthwhile and therefore works as an artistic fashion educator together with Aïcha Abbadi.
From 2021 to 2023 Johanna Schwab worked as the project manager of the audiovisual performance RAPID MOTEL. She loves to organise events and create welcoming environments where the arts can meet.
Co-Curating the conference “Fashion & Critic”, collaboration with Museuemsakademie Joanneum and Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna
February 2023 – July 2023
Arts Education “Fashion Field Walks- A critical magazine workshop” in collaboration with Aïcha Abbadi and Kurt-Tucholsky-Oberschule; supported by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung
Jan 2021 – Dez 2023
Project Manager and Production of “Rapid Motel”, audiovisual performance, performances in Loch Wuppertal, Alte Münze Berlin, Ostpassage Leipzig and Walcheturm Zürich; supported by Musikfonds e.V., Landesbüro für Darstellende Künste NRW, ProHelvetia, Kunststiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Fonds DAKU, Kunststiftung NRW and Checkpoint Charlie Stiftung
Sept 2021- Sept 2022
Arts Education “Fashion Workshop of the Present – System.Ecology. Play” in collaboration with Aïcha Abbadi and Wedding-Schule, within the framework of the „Schools of Sustainability“, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2013 – 2015
Postgraduate Master’s Program “Art & Economy”,
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Degree: Master of Advanced Studies
2007 – 2012
Study of Fine Arts, University of Fine Arts Dresden, major studies with Prof. Ulrike
Grossarth, Degree: Diploma
June – Dec 2019
postgraduate research trip New York City, German Academic Exchange Service
6 month study visit
2009 – 2015
artist support of the Cusanuswerk
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