"Janna Banning (*1984) studied at the Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost in the Netherlands, at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart and the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe. She has been living and working in Dortmund since 2019.
Her subject-oriented art is not limited to painting; she used the current genres of video, installation, and performance very early on, and here, too, generic norms are alien to her, and she consciously combines them to transgress boundaries. For example, text fragments on portraits are not blasphemy, but rather serve to disturb familiar ways of seeing. Janna Banning's basic artistic attitude is realistic, but she rejects a primarily naturalistic mode of representation, combining the supposedly incompatible in order to provoke and make people aware of unexpected connections. Her art also shows her political social commitment, e.g. for women's rights or the gentrification of city districts. She formulates her criticism poetically and ironically, aggressively, sometimes tenderly, sometimes playfully and sometimes demanding. She consciously transgresses, she understands art as an irritation of overly fixed ways of seeing and perceiving. Janna Banning's works can be found in public spaces, as installations and interventions, as well as in roofed rooms - living rooms, kitchens and exhibitions." (U. Marquardt, Kunstverein Bochum)