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Johanna Kotlaris – Grafisch Ontwerpen 2013

Final Works

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winner of the gra awards

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The jury reports:

Johanna’s work consists of a video with herself as the subject. In writing about her work, she says: ‘It’s about the paradox of maximised freedom in a world where we have so many choices; if we are unhappy with the product we are unhappy with ourselves. I believe this overflow of choices has something to do with my search of rules in design.’    

Johanna’s video explores the stress she experiences when having to make choices; she finds choosing very difficult. In her graduation project, she decided to leave certain choices to others. The waitress decides what she will eat; Johanna selects the colour of her clothes based on the colours of the rainbow. She took a very stylish approach to the subject. The photographs (taken by Johanna) – and edited into her video work – are beautiful and reveal her photographic talent. The subject could easily have ended up being irritating but, because of her personal and humorous style, the piece is sympathetic and engaging.    

She creates a world of her own and invites the viewer to join her in her navel-gazing. The video has a very strong aesthetic sense, combined with a convincing tension in style and tone: sometimes in your face, sometimes muted, sometimes self-mocking. It’s a theme that’s very relevant right now –also to Johanna’s generation. Perhaps, on the quiet, it’s an annoying luxury problem but presented in a pleasantly luxurious way by Johanna.    

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Johanna Kotlaris – Grafisch Ontwerpen 2013
Johanna Kotlaris – Grafisch Ontwerpen 2013

Johanna Kotlaris – Grafisch Ontwerpen 2013

Johanna Kotlaris – Grafisch Ontwerpen 2013

Johanna Kotlaris – Grafisch Ontwerpen 2013

Johanna Kotlaris – Grafisch Ontwerpen 2013

Johanna Kotlaris – Grafisch Ontwerpen 2013