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Julian Rosefeldt

Julian Rosefeldt was born in Munich in 1965 and studied Architecture in both Munich and Barcelona. Since 1999 he has lived and worked in Berlin. He became a member of the Department of Film and Media Art at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 and has taught there as Professor of Digital and Time-Based Media since 2011. His works are exhibited worldwide (with solo exhibitions in cities including Vienna, Taipei, London, Beijing, Paris, New York and Berlin) and can be found in international collections such as, for example, MoMA in New York, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna, Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Goetz Collection in Munich.

Rosefeldt’s works operate at the interface between narrative film and complex video art. His pieces are elaborately staged film and video installations, mostly arranged as panoramic multi-channel projections characterized by a complex interweaving of diverse dimensions of our reality, for example in the film installation ‘Trilogy of Failure’ (2004/05), within which Rosefeldt examines the question of the absurdity of human existence. Another work, ‘American Night’ (2009), studies political questions: this work deconstructs the American foundation myth and confronts it with the ambitions of hegemony inherent in current US foreign policy. In both of the film installations ‘The Ship of Fools’ (2007) and ‘My home is a dark and cloud-hung land’ (2011), Rosefeldt is concerned with the question of German identity and the problems of engaging with national symbols and myths. Rosefeldt’s art always pays homage to film as a medium and reflects on fictional narrative in the cinema and its iconographic techniques.

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