Johan Grimonprez

Johan Grimonprez was born in 1962 in Roeslare, Belgium. He currently lives and works between Brussels and New York. His work is based on a critical analysis of the power of images, above all moving images. Grimonprez looks at how these influence our capacity to read the contemporary world and shows how they are the basis for the construction of our personal and collective stories, our fears and needs. His work condenses a critical reflection on the manipulation of images and their meaning within mass media. Grimonprez reached international success in 1997 with DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, a film that combines clips of television shows, Hollywood films, animation videos and movie adverts, and recounts the story of a plane hijacking in the 1970s. Central to this work is the artist’s reflection on how the episode was reported to the world in the news.

Exhibitions dedicated to his work include those at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (2012), S.M.A.K, Gand (2011) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011). His work was included in ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.