Jesper Just

Jesper Just

Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Photo: Peter Funch

June 4, 2012

Jesper Just creates new work for the Danish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale

The Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts has invited artist Jesper Just to provide the Danish contribution to the Venice Biennale 2013. Just will create a new video installation and multiscreen projection for the Danish Pavilion.

The Committee for International Visual Arts has made ‘experimental collaboration’ a premise for the Danish contribution to the biennale. This means that Jesper Just will be working closely with an architect and a communicator.

Taking their starting point in Jesper Just’s work, the two collaborative partners are to provide an innovative solution to the pavilion’s architecture that unleashes the exhibition’s communicative potential in a playful and surprising way.

The close collaboration between artist, architect, and communicator will extend the artist’s work and create a connection between the space of the film, the physical space of the pavilion, and the digital space of the message.

Jesper Just is collaborating with the London-based firm of Caruso St John Architects on the pavilion’s architecture. To facilitate the communicative aspects of the project, he will be working with the graphic design studio, Project Projects, which is located in New York.

The chairman of the Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts, Rune Gade, says:
“The Committee has decided that the Danish Pavilion is to house a project that integrates work, architecture, and communication by conceiving them as equal dimensions from the start of the process. It will be an experimental process moving toward June 2013, and I am certain that, with the caliber of ambition and artistic talent that this project contains, we can look forward to a completely unique manifestation.”

Jesper Just
Jesper Just’s video installations provide great tales of refined and subtle feelings between human beings. Just punctures stereotypical conceptions of gender, sexuality, and power and thus allows a far more complex and sensitive understanding of our surroundings. Notable is Just’s encounter with conventional, mainstream film productions and his playful interference with the cinematographic and narrative expectations of the viewer.

Since he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003, Just has produced more than 20 films. His works are in great demand internationally, and Just has participated in both group and solo exhibitions at important art institutions all over the world. Just was born in Denmark in 1974. He lives and works in New York.

Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso and Peter St John established Caruso St John Architects in 1990. The firm’s projects include: the New Art Gallery Walsall; the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood; Gagosian Galleries in London, Rome, Paris, and Hong Kong; and Nottingham Contemporary. Caruso and St John are interested in the emotional potential and physical qualities of construction. Their practice is based in London.
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Project Projects
Project Projects is a graphic design studio with a special focus on printed materials, visual identity for exhibitions and exhibition sites, and interactive digital communication. The studio primarily works with clients in the field of art and architecture. Project Projects has existed since 2004 and was established by Prem Krishnamurthy and Adam Michaels. Rob Giampietro joined as a principal in 2010. Project Projects is based in New York.
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The Danish Arts Council and the Venice Biennale
The Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts has responsibility for Denmark’s participation in the Venice Biennale. Denmark has taken part in the biennale 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 Rune Gade (chairman), Jesper Elg, Mads Gamdrup, Lise Harlev, and Anna Krogh.

Additional information
For additional information about the project, please contact:
Chairman Rune Gade, The Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts: runegade [​at​] / T 45 22 96 60 28.
Project Leader Maria Gadegaard, Danish Agency for Culture: mga [​at​] / T 45 33 74 45 37.
Communications Director Marianne Strøm Hansen, Danish Agency for Culture: msh [​at​] / T 45 21 45 24 40.



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