Johanna Billing Sweden, b. 1973


Johanna Billing is a Swedish conceptual filmmaker whose video works incorporate music, movement and rhythm in ways that blur the lines between documentary and fiction.


Billing’s videos often address political climates and cultural specificities. Using techniques that are reminiscent of a documentary method, she transforms fictive spaces in ways that help to examine actual and contrived events and illuminate their overlap. Billing's films often involve music, which in her hands becomes a tool for communication, memory, and reconstruction.


Recent major solo exhibitions of Billings’s work include Keeping Time, Villa Croce, Genova, 2016, I’m Gonna Live Anyhow until I Die, the MAC, Belfast (2012); I’m Lost without Your Rhythm, Modern Art Oxford, Moving In, Five Films, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, (2010); Tiny Movements, ACCA, Melbourne, I’m Lost without Your Rhythm, Camden Art Centre (2009); Taking Turns, Kemper Museum, Kansas City; This Is How We Walk on the Moon, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2008); Forever Changes, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Keep on Doing, DCA, Dundee (2007) and Magical World, PS. 1, New York (2006). She has participated in survey shows such as 4th Auckland Triennial, Last Ride in a Hot Balloon, Auckland (2010); Documenta 12, Kassel (2007); Belief, Singapore Biennale (2006); 9th Istanbul Biennial; 1st Moscow Biennale (2005); and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).