About the project
Video installation and architecture form a synthesis in Danish artist Jesper Just’s work for the Danish Pavilion. The work has been conceived specifically for this occasion and integrates filmic space and the architecture of the pavilion.
At the core of the work are five films evolving around three men in a place seemingly familiar, yet eerie. Notions of home and belonging are questioned and destabilised and so is the very ‘essence’ of (cultural) identity. With this work Just continues and expands his ongoing examination of stereotypical representations of gender and race, architectural pastiche, cultural appropriation, and dislocation.
The work is further expanded into the communicative field by design studio Project Projects.
The project is funded by the Danish Arts Council. The project has received additional support from Nørgaard på Strøget, Copenhagen. Jesper Just’s film project is co-produced by Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen.
About Project Projects
Project Projects is a design studio focusing on print, exhibition, identity, and interactive work with clients in art and architecture, in addition to independent curatorial and publishing projects. Founded in 2004 in New York, the studio is led by principals Prem Krishnamurthy, Adam Michaels, and Rob Giampietro.
Project Projects is a two-time Finalist in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards and has received numerous distinctions, including grants from the Graham Foundation and NYSCA for its independent projects.
More information at: www.projectprojects.com
Jesper Just creates film and video installations about the subtle emotions between people. He punctures stereotypical representations about gender, sexuality, race, and power and hereby Just creates space for a far more complex and sensitive understanding of our surroundings. Also central to Just’s work is his break with conventional mainstream film productions and his playful interference with the spectators cinematic and narrative expectations.
Jesper Just was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1974, and attended The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art. He currently lives and works in New York.
Exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE (2013); This Nameless Spectacle, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2011); Romantic Delusions, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2008); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK (2008); Jesper Just, Jesper Just, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL (2007); Black Box: Jesper Just, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, USA (2006); Something to Love, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, S (2006); Busan Biennale, Busan, KR (2006); True Love is Yet to Come, Performa 05, Weiss Studio, New York, USA (2005). Just’s work is featured in many public collections, including Guggenheim Museum (New York), MoMA (New York), Tate Modern (London), and many others.
Jesper Just is represented by James Cohan Gallery, New York; Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen; and Galerie Perrotin, Paris.
The Danish Arts Council
The Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts has responsibility for Denmark’s participation in La Biennale di Venezia. Denmark has taken part in the exhibitions of La Biennale di Venezia since 1895 and its participation is financed with funds from the Danish Arts Council. The Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts consists of Jette Gejl Kristensen (chairman), Lise Harlev, Jesper Elg, Mads Gamdrup, and Anna Krogh.
More information at: www.danisharts.dk