Video Installation, 2013
Hamam Version Mary
Intercourses examines themes of architectural pastiche and cultural dislocation by creating an immersive, multifaceted environment. My treatment of the location challenges the viewer's preconceived notions of space and time, rendering obsolete the distinction between real or imagined memories, between factual or fictional connections to a place.
The film follows three men, interwoven within the scenes, but it is the city that is the main character. I've worked in the past with this idea of architecture performing, using a building or structure as a main performer, a main protagonist. And here there was the possibility of working with a whole city. I was thinking about ways to make the city the protagonist or mediator between these characters, making them connect via the architecture. I wanted to explore how you could take something as superficial as this architecture and then turn it into something that could connect humans.
Jesper Just is a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.
An essential commonality throughout his work is the question of representation, understood as the manner in which we create images - and how those images, in turn, conjure ideas, expectations and conventions. One could say that, to Just, the interesting thing about representation is that it never merely represents. Rather, it actively performs. Music often plays a key role in his work, adding an element of oddness and absurdity by creating an apparent contradiction between the narrative and the soundscape. The materials, surfaces, and spatial materiality of the works are also meticulously designed, resulting in a heightened sense of physicality.
Just has work in the collections of major institutions, such as Guggenheim Museum, New
York; MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburg; and KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. He has exhibited his work in numerous venues, including De Moines Art Center; MMCA, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum; the Danish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale; HEART, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art; UMMA, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor; MAC/VAL, Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val De Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine; John Curtin Gallery, Perth; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne; MAP, Mobile Art Production, Stockholm; Tampa Museum of Art; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Tromsø Centre Contemporary Art; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris; Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; S.M.A.K., Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Miami Art Museum; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Cartagena International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Cartagena de Indias, Columbia, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, HPB14 Helsinki Photography Biennial, Helsinki, Finland.
Just is represented by the James Cohan Gallery in New York, the Galerie Perrotin in Paris, and the Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen.
He lives and works in New York.