Photo of Johanna Householder
Photo of Johanna Householder
Johanna Householder
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 378

Area(s) of Expertise

Performance art, Contemporary issues in performance and media, Video, installation, curation, collaboration


Johanna Householder has been making performances and other artwork in Canada since the late 70s. She was a member of the notorious satirical feminist performance ensemble The Clichettes, who performed across Canada and the US under variable circumstances throughout the 1980s. While The Clichettes practiced their own brand of pop culture detournment, Householder has maintained a unique performance practice, often collaborating with other artists. As one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, held biannually in Toronto, she has brought many international artists to the festival. She is keenly interested in the histories of performance, reperformance, and the effect that performance has had in contemporary art and new media. Her most recent works include Portrait of a Situation, which toured East Europe in June 2006 and Finland in 2007 and The Subject of Art: Badiou/Miller/Cobain performed in various forms and venues including the Interackje Festival in Poland and the Performance Studies International conference in Zagreb in 2009. Approximations 1-3, video works produced in collaboration with b.h. Yael, have screened in a number of international venues. Her work is also represented in Prêt à Emporter/Take Out: Performance Recipes for Public Space, edited by Christine Redfern for La Centrale, Montréal, 2004 and Radical Gestures, Feminism and Performance Art in North America by Jane Wark, 2006.


BFA, York University 1977

Selected Exhibitions

Gallery Dzalian, Warsaw; Interackje Festival, Piotrkow-Tribunalski, Poland, May 2009; A New Hope, Toronto Free Gallery, March, 2009. Portrait of a Situation. La>Bas Festival, Finland, May, 2007; Portrait of Situation/Achtung Baby! Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania, 2006. PreFix Photo, June 2007.

Awards \ Grants

2007: Canada Council, Inter-Arts 2006: Japan-Canada Fund 2005: Canada Council, Media Arts 2005: Canada Council, Inter-Arts

Selected Publications

Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars, eds. Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women. Toronto: YYZ Books, 2004.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Curatorial Collective: 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

Board Member: Performance Studies International.

Emerging Artists Film/Video Jury: 2007 imagineNATIVE Festival