Christian Falsnaes, LOOK AT ME. Videostill, 2019
LOOK AT ME
In an installation designed as an art fair, a video work shows Christian Falsnaes as instructor, stage-managing a chain of situations with hired performers, an audience, and passers-by in front of the camera. The work was recorded in six different locations (in a street, in a home, a church, a studio, an exhibition, and at a party), examining the issues and consequences relative to using other people as artistic material. LOOK AT ME is built around a series of radical performance works addressing the stage-managing of images and power relations emerging between creator and viewer.
Early in his career, Falsnaes attracted great international attention by being nominated for the Future Generation Art Prize in 2017, paving the way for showing in Kiev and at the Venice Biennale that same year. In addition, he has exhibited in prominent locations all over the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels, and the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.
The Danish artist Christian Falsnaes (b.1980) lives and works in Berlin. Formerly studying philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, he graduated from the Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, in 2011. Christian Falsnaes’s primary activities are performances in the public space and in exhibition contexts. Quite often, his performances are documented via film footage and later made into video works.
Falsnaes’s works extend from a German-Austrian performance tradition in which radical formats place both the artist and viewers at the centre of the work. His works touch on themes of identity and authority, participation and subjugation as well as power and impotence. He often involves the audience in his works as co-creators of situations, pictures, or videos. The idea being that the audience experience themselves as others see them and adopt a reflected approach to their own behaviour and reactions.
Christian Falsnaes is represented in several collections and has shown internationally. Recent solo shows include Kunstmuseum Krefeld, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Kunstverein Braunschweig, and Kunsthalle Mannheim, all in Germany, ДINAMIKA, Moscow, Russia, arteBA and the Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan, the 1646, the Hague, the Netherlands, and, at home, at Andersen’s Contemporary and the National Gallery of Denmark, both in Copenhagen.