Berlin based artist, Christian Jankowski was born in 1968 in Gottingen, Germany. Schooled at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Jankowski gained international recognition in the 48th Venice Biennale curated by Harald Szeemann in 1999. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout Europe including De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2000); Kolnishcher Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (1999); Goethe Institute, Paris, France (1999); H. M. Klosterfelde, Hamburg, Germany (1998); Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (1998); and Art Node, Stockholm, Sweden (1997). Group exhibitions include the 2nd Berlin Biennale, Germany (2001); The National Gallery Prize, Hamburger Bahnhof–Museum der Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (2000); Crash, ICA, London, England (1999); German Open 1999, Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany (1999); l’autre, Biennale de Lyon, France; among many others. He made his U.S. debut in 2000 at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT as part of their MATRIX exhibition program for contemporary art. His work can be seen in upcoming shows at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; Michelle Maccarone Gallery, New York, NY; and the Swiss Institute, New York, NY.
Christian Jankowski’s conceptually based work is derived from performative intersections of seemingly disparate worlds. Using cultural and social idiosyncrasies, Jankowski explores the contingent nature of meaning and interpretation through a constant play of fictionalized reality. Documented through video, photographs, and installation, the work instigates a larger dialogue on the nature of art and the role of the artist.
Christian Jankowski was chosen for his ArtPace residency by Lisa Corrin, Chief Curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London, England. She has organized a number of significant shows for the Serpentine including solo exhibitions by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jane and Louise Wilson, Chris Ofili, Shirin Neshat, and an upcoming show of Rachael Whiteread. Corrin was recently appointed Deputy Director for Art/Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum, WA.