Johanna Tagada is a multidisciplinary artist, who was born and raised in France. She is currently based in London, where she explores different forms of art mediums.
Épistolaire Imaginaire is a traveling project, which arrived at its last destination and is currently on view at Galerie Jean-François Kaiser from February 2nd to March 4th. The artist started her moving exhibition in 2014 in Tokyo and continued with Épistolaire Imaginaire in Los Angeles. The latest version of the project took place at Egg, Maureen Doherty’s space in Knightsbridge, London. The final destination of the exceptional display is Galerie Jean-François Kaiser in Strasbourg, near the artists home village, which is a metaphoric way of saying thanks to all the people surrounding and supporting her, hence the simple but expressive name, Épistolaire Imaginaire-Merci. The last stop of the constantly moving display of her works unifies all the three editions of Johanna’s traveling project, presented in different places.
The exhibition showcases various mediums, such as bright and multicolored sculptures, graphics and photographs, silently speaking the language of calmness. In the current exhibition, Johanna invites the viewers to write their own experience of a happy moment to a book binded by the artist herself. In exchange of their shared thoughts, the guests can take home a beautiful and simple letter written by Johanna, expressing her gratitude with this beautiful gesture. The whole body of work points out simple, yet very precious moments of life. It is a celebration of simple happiness, that comes from a deep-rooted wish to achieve peace and understanding through dialogue and sharing.
The gallery also presents Johanna’s hand-embroidered cotton textile sculpture titled Le Refuge. Le Refuge symbolizes the little things you find comfort in, where one can fall back without hurting themselves. In other ways, an asylum of healing. The artist visualizes these intimate and important feelings in a beautiful, colorful and subtle way.