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Since 1997, Janaina Tschäpe has employed the female body as her muse, creating universes of polymorphous landscapes, embryonic forms and ambiguous characters. Tschäpe’s drawings, photographs, films and installations seek to give form to the trance of art making, portraying not a dream world, but the sensation of being in one. Personal myths and memories are transformed into surreal images that escape rational explanation yet are universally identifiable.
For her Graphicstudio print projects and her video installation Blood, Sea at the USFCAM, Tschäpe worked with the professional mermaids at the Florida attraction, Weeki Wachee Springs. The mermaids performed while wearing underwater sculptural costumes designed by Tschäpe. At Graphicstudio, Janaina experimented with several printmaking techniques including lithography, photogravure, and direct gravure, to create six editions using images taken from her work at Weeki Wachee Springs.
Tschäpe was born in Dachau, Germany, and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Hochschule fur Bilende Kuenste, Hamburg and her Master in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Tschäpe’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the world including Tokyo, São Paloa, London, and Berlin. Recent projects include The 59th Minute with Creative Time in Times Square, New York, the Centre de Art a Albi in Tolouse, the Fotomuseum in Winthethur, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Janaina lives and works in New York and Rio.