Johanna Breiding
Orlando, 2018, HD video and sound. 13 min

Orlando is an experimental video that depicts a wake in the childhood home of two brothers, set along a family pool in Orlando, Florida. The video presents glimpses of intimate conversations and distant observations, offering a fragmented personal portrait of Orlando that pivots around the outskirts of Cape Canaveral, the Pulse Night Club, and Sunday sermons at a drive-in church. This despondent wandering through a place depicts a shifting social landscape and the identities it shapes. Orlando looks to how the affect of loss is refracted on the surface of water, and how mourning can resemble submersion. It presents a visual vocabulary for family and its absence, and reflects on mass shootings as a symptom of national illness, the extinction of swamp species, roadside wonders, and new beginnings.

Johanna Breiding works in photography, drawing, video, and collaboration to represent subjects that are marked deviant or illegible. Her practice experiments with forms of world-making, offering an alternative to state-sanctioned legitimation. Breiding attended Scripps College, the Glasgow School of Art, and received her Masters from CalArts. She has exhibited at LAXART, Los Angeles; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland. She is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant. Originally from a small village in Switzerland, Johanna Breiding currently lives and works in Los Angeles where she has been teaching at SFAI, CalArts and Scripps College over the past few years.