Jens Haaning

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The Institut d'Art Contemporain is putting on a solo exhibition by Jens Haaning, featuring recent works and a specific project. Haaning enjoys an international reputation, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions (the 9th Istanbul biennial, 2005; the Sydney biennial; the Whitney Museum of American Art, 2004; Documenta 11, Cassel, 2002).

Jens Haaning was born in 1965 in Copenhagen, where he lives and works. He is concerned with questions of borders, nationalities and cultural differences, and has been working for some years on projects that involve encounters and exchanges between different communities. It is for this reason that many of his projects involve immigrants, or marginal, clandestine individuals. The violence subtended by his work is commensurate with the relationships of power and violence that are to be found in the social space he aims to depict. While his recent works manifest a certain radicality, in keeping with his commitments and his aversion to norms, they also seem orientated towards a more critical vision that suggests the possibility of hope for a truly relational form of social construction.

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