Joannie Baumgärtner (*1992) is a Berlin-based post-genre artist, performer and writer.
Joannie identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. They are usually happy to be addressed by their first name.
Joannie has been working in the visual arts since 2010, with a focus on multimedia sculptural processes. From their experience with spoken word poetry, they have also developed an idiosyncratic performative approach and a writing practice that combines creative writing with cultural theory and a critical aesthetic philosophy.
Joannie’s research-based work is often employing (historical) customs, events or belief systems as a nexus from which questions of medium, materiality and embodiment arise. These questions, looped back through contemporary crafting processes, bodies and media environments become performance, installation or media art. Spanning across a broad range of topics, such as environmentalism, queer world-making and emancipatory struggles, the core of Joannie’s artistic approach is fueled by a critical distrust of modern cultural history and it’s ideology of progress, rationalism and beauty.
Joannie graduated with a Master of Arts (with distinction) from the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem in 2019 and with the Bavarian State Examination in Art Education (with distinction) from AdBK Nuremberg in 2017, where they were also twice awarded the title of “Meisterschüler* In” - in 2016 with Prof. Jochen Flinzer (Fine Arts) and in 2017 with Prof. Michael Stevenson (Sculpture). They begann teaching when still in their undergraduate and are currently employed at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg.
Since 2012, Joannie has exhibited and performed in a variety of cities in Germany and abroad. Among others, their work has been shown and performed at Kunstverein-am-Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin, Freie Theater Innsbruck, Hotwheels-Projects in Athens and Knulp Artists Space in Sydney. Since 2016, their writing practice has been published in anthologies and artist monographs, such as Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Kerber Verlag, Berlin and Onomatopee Verlag, Eindhoven.