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Artists as Writers

Artist Biography


Professor at OCAD University

Areas 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. She is a Professor in the Integrated Media Program at OCAD University, where she is currently Chair of the Criticism and Curatorial Practice Program.

Gallery Representation

Biography and photo taken from OCAD Faculty Biographies website and Total Art Journal website

Online Resources

Johanna Householder's artist profile from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Arts (CCCA) includes photos from her various performance works. See also 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival page from CCCA (the curatorial collective that Johanna is a part of).

Performance Art from Canadian Art Magazine's Canadian Art School website presents a video about performance art and includes interviews with Johanna Householder, Istvan Kantor, and Diane Borsato. It also includes video clips of The Clichettes' performances.