Jesper Just

April 28, 2021 3PM

Jesper Just (born 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish artist based in New York. He uses film technology and installation strategies as vehicles to create work that addresses complex contemporary issues through open-ended visual narratives rich in detail and metaphorical import, using a mixture of multiple video channels, sound installations, live performance and sculptural and architectural interventions. He uses the language of cinema to confront and divert the stereotypical Hollywood constructs of masculinity and femininity, as well as the biased representation of minorities and people with disabilities in mainstream culture. His short films and multi-projection video installations question the mechanisms of cinematic identification and break viewers’ expectations of narrative closure by unfolding surrealist, emotionally ambiguous, open-ended, and often silent situations or encounters. Interested in how public and private spaces define and shape human interactions, Just further plays with the notion of architecture as performer, to echo and expand his characters’ enigmatic journeys. Just has work placed in more than twenty-five museum collections, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Tate Modern in London and Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is represented in New York by Perrotin Gallery, New York and Paris.