Petra Johnson (PhD) is an independent artist based in Jixiang Village, Yunnan, Shanghai and Xanten, Germany. She has worked as lecturer at the College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University from 2002 to 2006.
Between 2004 and 2006 she acted as artist mentor for ‘artistlink China-UK’, a co-operation between the British Council and the Arts Council. Currently she is permanent resident artist at the Making Lab, Department for Design & Innovation at Tongji University as well as lead artist at Lijiang Studio, Yunnan.
Petra has exhibited at the German Pavilion at the EXPO 2010, at the Shanghai Biennale in 2012/13, at Art Berlin in 2013 and by invitation of artist and curator Qiu Zhijie she has contributed to the Zhongshan Park Project.
In her solo exhibitions, she explores movement modes through the affective landscape by combining choreographic installations with walking projects.