Johannes Zits

Toronto artist Johannes Zits’ multi-disciplinary practice focuses on the many meanings engendered by the body. He draws attention to conventional image-making and how mass media images are disseminated and consumed. In working with the natural environment, Zits extends the notion of the performer to include nature itself. Considering nature as an equal ensures that it can be neither construed as a passive prop nor adored and fixed in the realm of the sublime.

Since graduating with a BFA from York University in 1984, Johannes Zits has presented work across Canada as well as internationally. In 2013, Zits performed at the 8th Encuentro, Sao Paulo, Brazil and presented a collection of his videos at Le festival international du film sur l’art, Montreal. In 2014, he presented variations on the performance “Island” at M:ST Festival, Calgary, Yuz Museum,Shanghai and at Meta 2014, Chongqing, China.


Sacred Trees

2015, 80:00 minutes, colour, English

Elemental Gestures

2009, 16:00 minutes


2009, 04:40 minutes

Style on Skin

2003, 10:30 minutes, colour, English and German

Guys Night In

2001, 07:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Critical Writing

Skin Trade: Cockiness, copyright & colour
by Daryl Vocat. Xtra!, Mar. 1, 2007, no. 583.