Video by Tom Chen

 

Danish artist Jesper Just has become internationally renowned for works which explore the ambiguous territory of gender, desire, relationships and identity.  Early films explored and circumvented the complicated representations of masculinity in Hollywood cinema and throughout popular culture, and challenged viewers’ expectations of those conventions.

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Artist Talk/Lecture
Jesper Just in conversation with Klaus Ottmann
The Phillips Collection, 2014–15 Conversations with Artists: Film and Video
December 11, 2014, 6:30 PM
Washington, DC
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Museum Exhibition
Jesper Just and Hiraki Sawa at Al-Ma'mal for Contemporary Art
'FRACTURES' - The Jerusalem Show VII, Qalandiya International
October 24 - November 15, 2014
Jerusalem, Israel
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Museum Exhibition
Jesper Just in "Inside" at Palais de Tokyo
Group Exhibition
October 20, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Paris, France
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Museum Exhibition
Jesper Just at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
Solo Exhibition
May 29 - Oct 26, 2014
Aarhus, Denmark
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JESPER JUST Intercourses, 2013, Still from 5-channel video installation at the Danish Pavilion for the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2013.
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JESPER JUST Intercourses, 2013, Still from 5-channel video installation at the Danish Pavilion for the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2013.
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JESPER JUST Intercourses, 2013, Still from 5-channel video installation at the Danish Pavilion for the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2013.
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JESPER JUST Intercourses, 2013, Still from 5-channel video installation at the Danish Pavilion for the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2013.
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JESPER JUST Intercourses, 2013, Still from 5-channel video installation at the Danish Pavilion for the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2013.
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JESPER JUST Intercourses, 2013, Still from 5-channel video installation at the Danish Pavilion for the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2013.
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JESPER JUST This Nameless Spectacle, 2011 Two-channel Blu-ray projection 13:00 min
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JESPER JUST This Nameless Spectacle, 2011 Two-channel Blu-ray projection 13:00 min
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JESPER JUST This Nameless Spectacle, 2011 Two-channel Blu-ray projection 13:00 min
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JESPER JUST This Nameless Spectacle, 2011 Two-channel Blu-ray projection 13:00 min
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JESPER JUST This Nameless Spectacle, 2011 Two-channel Blu-ray projection 13:00 min
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JESPER JUST This Nameless Spectacle, 2011 Two-channel Blu-ray projection 13:00 min
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JESPER JUST Sirens of Chrome, 2010 12:38 min RED transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST Sirens of Chrome, 2010 12:38 min RED transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST Sirens of Chrome, 2010 12:38 min RED transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST Sirens of Chrome, 2010 12:38 min RED transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST Romantic Delusions, 2008 (installation view) 10:25 min 8mm film
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JESPER JUST Romantic Delusions, 2008 (installation view) 10:25 min 8mm film
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JESPER JUST Romantic Delusions, 2008 10:25 min 8mm film
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JESPER JUST Romantic Delusions, 2008 10:25 min 8mm film
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JESPER JUST Romantic Delusions, 2008 10:25 min 8mm film
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JESPER JUST Romantic Delusions, 2008 10:25 min 8mm film
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JESPER JUST A Voyage in Dwelling, 2008 11:11 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST A Voyage in Dwelling, 2008 11:11 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST A Voyage in Dwelling, 2008 11:11 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST A Voyage in Dwelling, 2008 11:11 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST A Room of One's Own, 2008 8:29 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST A Room of One's Own, 2008 8:29 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST A Room of One's Own, 2008 8:29 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST A Question of Silence, 2008 6:18 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST A Question of Silence, 2008 6:18 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST A Question of Silence, 2008 6:18 min Super 16mm transferred to Blu-ray
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JESPER JUST Some Draughty Window, 2007 8:00 min 16mm to DVD
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JESPER JUST Some Draughty Window, 2007 8:00 min 16mm to DVD
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JESPER JUST Some Draughty Window, 2007 8:00 min 16mm to DVD
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JESPER JUST A Vicious Undertow, 2007 10:00 min Black and white Super 16mm
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JESPER JUST A Vicious Undertow, 2007 10:00 min Black and white Super 16mm
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JESPER JUST A Vicious Undertow, 2007 10:00 min Black and white Super 16mm
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JESPER JUST A Vicious Undertow, 2007 10:00 min Black and white Super 16mm
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JESPER JUST It Will All End In Tears, 2006
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JESPER JUST It Will All End In Tears, 2006
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JESPER JUST It Will All End In Tears, 2006
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JESPER JUST It Will All End In Tears, 2006
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JESPER JUST It Will All End In Tears, 2006
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JESPER JUST Bliss and Heaven, 2005 8:10 min Super 16mm
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JESPER JUST Bliss and Heaven, 2005 8:10 min Super 16mm
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JESPER JUST Bliss and Heaven, 2005 8:10 min Super 16mm
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JESPER JUST No Man Is and Island, 2002 4:00 min DVCAM
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JESPER JUST No Man Is and Island, 2002 4:00 min DVCAM
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JESPER JUST No Man Is and Island, 2002 4:00 min DVCAM
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Jesper Just, The Lonely Villa, 2004

Jesper Just has become internationally renowned for works which explore the ambiguous territory of gender, desire, relationships and identity.  Early films explored and circumvented the complicated representations of masculinity in Hollywood cinema and throughout popular culture, and challenged viewers’ expectations of those conventions. In The Lonely Villa (2004), a scenario unfolds of several men sitting in silence, anticipating the phones in front of them to ring. An older man answers his phone to find the singing voice belonging to a younger man across the darkened room.  The call turns into an emotionally fraught duet of a 1930s love song, and Just leaves it completely open-ended whether the protagonists are father and son, or if they are lovers.

 

In the brochure text for his solo project at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2006, Hannah Barry describes Just’s lush, cinematic productions: “For each film Just assembles a grand production, engaging trained actors and singers, sound and lighting engineers, and camera operators…He employs mechanisms more commonly associated with lavish ‘motion picture’ productions for cinema: notably his trompe l'oeil cinematographic vision, manifested in elaborate chiaroscuro combinations of light and half-light; tight control of changes in perspective and arrangement of the cast in majestic tableaux vivants; and a miniaturist's hypersensitivity in committing human emotions to film, his precise handling of the camera capturing the subtleties of sadness, melancholy, and grief as well as of prolonged expressionlessness and impassivity.”

 

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Jesper Just, A Vicious Undertow, 2007

In more recent films, starting with A Vicious Undertow (2008), and thereafter Sirens of Chrome (2009-2010), and This Nameless Spectacle (2011), Just has also explored and addressed constructs of femininity rarely addressed in popular cinema.  In 2013, Just premiered Intercourses, a multi-channel installation at the Danish Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, in which Just complicated the idea of identity and nationality, using a Chinese replica city of Paris as the main character. Just explains, “I’ve worked in the past with the idea of architecture performing, with a building or structure as a main performer, a main protagonist. And here there was the possibility of working with a whole city. I was thinking about ways to make the city the protagonist or mediator between these characters, making them connect via the architecture. I wanted to explore how you could take something as superficial as this architecture and then turn it into something connecting humans.”

 

Jesper Just (born 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark) is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.  His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at such diverse and international institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; the Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark, and Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL), Val-de-Marne, France.  Just represented Denmark at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2013).  His work has been included in group exhibitions such as El Grito, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castille y Leon, Spain (2011); Detroit, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria (2010); Play - Film and Video, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2009);  Made Up, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom (2008); the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK (2008); Ars06: Sense of the Real, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland (2006); and Gender Bender, Galleria D’Arte Moderna Bologna, Bologna, Italy (2005).   Just’s work is included in public collections such as the Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Denmark; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; Tate Modern, London, UK; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.  Jesper Just lives and works in New York, NY.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Jesper Just
This Nameless Spectacle
September 06 - October 27, 2012
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
INTERMISSION
中场休息——电影、录像与摄影展 Films, videos and photographic works by Lucas and Jason Ajemian, Cheng Ran, Maya Deren, Jesper Just, Alex Prager, Hiraki Sawa, Yinka Shonibare MBE
February 19 - March 09, 2011
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
The Tell-Tale Heart (Part 2)
June 24 - August 13, 2010
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Frieze
"Jesper Just," by William Corwin
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
"Reviews: Jesper Just," by David Frankel
Articles / Reviews
New York Times
“Jesper Just: ‘This Nameless Spectacle’”, by Ken Johnson
Articles / Reviews
New York Times
“Cinematic Images of Masculine Vulnerability,” by Ken Johnson
Articles / Reviews
Frieze
"Jesper Just," by Eliza Williams
Articles / Reviews
BOMB
"Jesper Just," by Roselee Golberg
News
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Artist Talk/Lecture
The Phillips Collection, 2014–15 Conversations with Artists: Film and Video
December 11, 2014, 6:30 PM
Washington, DC
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News / Events
Group Exhibition
Nov 1 - 25, 2014
SVA MA Curatorial Practice, New York, NY
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Museum Exhibition
'FRACTURES' - The Jerusalem Show VII, Qalandiya International
October 24 - November 15, 2014
Jerusalem, Israel
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Museum Exhibition
Group Exhibition
October 20, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Paris, France
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
May 29 - Oct 26, 2014
Aarhus, Denmark
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Apr 19 - Aug 3, 2014
Seoul, South Korea
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Mar 6 - May 25, 2014
Des Moines, Iowa
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Mar 1 - Jul 6, 2014
Portland, Oregon
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Museum Exhibition
Inaugural Biennial Exhibition
February 7 - April 7, 2014
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
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Museum Exhibition
Danish Pavilion
Jun 1 - Nov 24, 2013
Venice, Italy
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Museum Exhibition
Mar 13 – May 13, 2013
Sharjah, UAE
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
Feb 9 - Apr 21, 2013
Herning, Denmark
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News / Events
Books
image Jesper Just: This is a Landscape of Desire
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Jesper Just: This is a Landscape of Desire
image Jesper Just: This Nameless Spectacle
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Jesper Just: This Nameless Spectacle
image Jesper Just: Film Works 2001-2007
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Jesper Just: Film Works 2001-2007