Exhibition & Residency:
November 1 – December 30, 2012
Oslo, Norway-based Leander Djønne is a sculptor, performer, writer, and filmmaker who is interested in the transformations that occur in industrial cities when they are affected by economic change. Both poetic and documentary in their approach, his projects are potent and evocative. While at 18th Street, Djønne will be working on a new film featuring the City of Trona in Southwestern Death Valley alongside several European cities.
Leander Djønne (1981) was born in Odda, Norway. He was educated at the Art Academy in Oslo, Bergen, Staedelschüle Frankfurt am Main and Malmö where he graduated in 2007 (MFA). Djønne has had solo exhibitions at UKS Oslo, Gallery Rekord, Landings, EL Parche Bogota. He has participated in several group shows a.o. at CCS Paris, Kunstnerforbundet, Al Mahatta Gallery, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Projekt 0047, Bonnier Konsthall, Documenta 12 Magazines, Generali Foundation Vienna, Gallery F15 and Hannover Kunstverein.
During the last couple of years Leander Djønne has been engaged in an art practice that moves between multiple mediums–film, video, text, performance, installation, photography and teaching. This in an ongoing artistic investigation into the relations of politics, history and knowledge production. To this aim, he employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as film, poetry, theater, linguistics, and journalism. Leander Djønne is one of the founders of the collaborative project The Parallel Action and is also involved with the artist run intiative Dortmund Bodega, Oslo.
Djønne’s residency at 18th Street Arts Center is made possible by the generous support of the Office of Contemporary Art Norway.