Much of Jesper Just’s practice is concentrated on the question of representation—how do we create imagery and inversely, how does this imagery then contributes to our ideas around bodies, expectations, identities, social conventions and further more contributes to our sense of self. Working primarily with the mediums of film, photography and installation, Jesper Just incorporates movement, performance, sound and beautifully subtle visual symbolism, which all come together to create a deeply interactive and immersive environment.

Just’s narratives are conceptually and visually diverse, the context of which are often deliberately left ambiguous. In so doing, he invites us to explore the spaces that he has created which feel both foreign and familiar at the same time.

Jesper Just (b. 1974, Denmark) has shown extensively around the world, representing Denmark at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, and with other notable solo exhibitions at Museo Anahuacalli (Mexico City), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Den Haag (The Hague), Des Moines Art Centre (Des Moines), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), ARoS (Aarhus), the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (South Korea), as well as with the Perform15 performance biennial in Times Square (New York). In 2017, Just worked alongside the Royal Danish Ballet to create an original composition. In 2018, he opened another ballet with the American Ballet Theatre at Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York). His work can be found in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Modern (London), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Helsinki), Musée d’Art Moderne (Luxembourg), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), the Danish National Gallery (Copenhagen), Arken Museum (Ishøj), ARoS (Aarhus), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk) and Heart Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (Herning) among many others.

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