|Johan Grimonprez, December 8, 2016 – March 1, 2017|
Johan Grimonprez (1962) lives and works in Brussels, New York and Greece.
After studying cultural anthropology, Johan Grimonprez went on to complete his studies in photography and mixed media at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. He earned an MFA in Video & Mixed Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 1993, Grimonprez was admitted to the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and later attended the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Netherlands.
In 1993 Johan Grimonprez received the Grand Prix de la Ville de Genève at the 5th Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement (then called Internationl Video Week) for his film “Kobarweng or Where is Your Helicopter?”1992
In 1995 Johann Grimonprez and Hermann Asselberghs designed a special lounge environment at the Hotel du Rhône to present a impressive collection of videos and films under the title “Beware ! In Playing The Phantom You Become One – Space Alien Delegation meets G7”
In 1997 Johann Grimonprez gained international attention with his film essay, ‘Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y’ that premiered at Centre Pompidou and Documenta X in Kassel. The film sets parallels between the history of airplane hijackings, the cold war and Don Delillo’s texts on terrorism. At the same period he published Inflight Magazine (Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz, 2000) on the same theme.
Besides beeing shown in Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern and Documenta Grimonprez exhibited at Deitch Projects in New York, Yvon Lambert Gallery and MACBA
Johan Grimonprez is a renowned filmmaker and artist. His critically acclaimed work dances on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer. Grimonprez tries in his own way to give some meaning to the havoc left by media, power and History.
Grimonprez works towards a second glance; a double take – just like his feature-length film Double Take (2009), from which the production still images for 2m2 edition « J’ai oublié mon parapluie » have been taken.
And image that perfectly combines and recalls his fascination for birds, skies, airplanes, weapons, danger, blood. All recurring elements in his work that appear along with, seduction, suspense, humor, distance and doubles.
J’ai oublié mon parapluie, 2016