Johanna Diehl. Photo © Robert-Schittko.


Johanna Diehl lives and works in Berlin. She studied photography and fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig as well as at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris. Her work has been shown in national and international exhibitions and has received multiple awards. Diehl is Professor of Photography at the Faculty of Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg.

Johanna Diehl develops her work based on the idea that the essence of history lies in the folds of memory. Diehl traces the hidden and overlooked in cultural memory. She is interested in forms of overwriting memory and the presence of the absent. On the basis of built spaces, but also private archives, Diehl is concerned with the identity of a contemporary Europe. In her large-scale series and wall installations, Diehl explores the potential of using photographic means not only to document history, but to rewrite it. For her new ongoing series Archipelagos of Resistance, Diehl travelled to Sarajevo (BIH) and photographed public spaces in which cultural resistance took place while the city was under siege in the 1990s.

Selected exhibitions: Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Kunsthalle Göppingen; Fotografie Forum Frankfurt; Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; UB Anderson Gallery Buffalo, NY (US); Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg; ZKM-Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe; German Embassy in London (UK).

Selected monographs: Taubes Geäst, Spectorbooks (2021); In den Falten das Eigentliche, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König (2020); Eurotopians, Hirmer Verlag (2017); Ukraine Series, Sieveking Verlag 2015); Borgo, Romanità, Alleanza, Hatje Cantz Verlag 2014); Displace, Fotohof Edition (2011).