NAJJAR, Michael

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Born in 1966 in Landau, Germany, Najjar attended the bildo Academy of Arts in Berlin from 1988 – 1993, where he was trained in the practices of conceptional and interdisciplinary art. During this time he discovered the visionary theories of media philosophers such as Vilém Flusser, Paul Virilio and Jean Baudrillard which opened up new perspectives for him and have markedly influenced his later work.

In its considered approach to the means and possibilities of photography, Najjar's conceptual work magnifies and re-examines the potential of the photographic image through constant reconstruction of time and space using a wide range of techniques in thematically focused work series. These range from depictions of the human body transformed by biogenetic intervention, transformation of megacities through condensed information networks, and virtualization of financial markets with smart algorithms to the future of space exploration based on new scientific, engineering, and technological outcomes. His pictorial language of form and content guides the viewer into a complex construction of simulated reality. Alongside this, the performative aspect of his artistic practice has shifted into sharper focus in his current “outer space” work series for which he decided to become an astronaut and fly into space on board a newly developed spaceship. He now uses his own body for performative action, testing his limits in physically and mentally demanding, highly complex technical environments.

@Michael Najjar.