JESPER JUST Servitudes

For his Palais de Tokyo solo exhibition, Jesper Just (born 1974, lives in New York) has created a new installation which combines multiple videos, music and a spatial intervention.

In his film work, Jesper Just links images of an exceptional quality to sound and music. The enigma disrupts the narrative, creating a tension that lets the poetry of the space emerge. Jesper Just does not provide a solution in his narrative, leaving the observer with his own questions and emotions.

In the lower gallery at Palais de Tokyo, Jesper Just will creates an audiovisual installation and a vast spatial intervention which will transform the existing space and the visitor’s journey. The film’s setting, the equally iconic and controversial One World Trade Center, becomes, as in much of Jesper Just’s work, a character itself, serving here as a phantom limb, indicative of absence and loss, but likewise a testament to resilience. Its presence, somehow inorganic, appears like a prosthetic limb within an altered skyline. The films follow two characters: a young girl who doesn't appear as an individual but embodies the ideals of youth and femininity conveyed by contemporary society, and a disabled child. Within the videos the characters mirror, oppose and interact, to explore themes of ableism, agency as well as the boundaries of body and selfhood.

Curator: Katell Jaffrès


Jesper Just (born 1974, lives in New York) is an internationally-renowned artist. He graduated in 2003 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and represented Denmark in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. He has a number of solo exhibitions to his name, in Europe and the States, including “Jesper Just - Appearing / Intercourses”, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (29.05.2014 – 19.10.2014). The MAC/VAL contemporary art museum (Vitry-sur-Seine) hosted the artist’s first monographic exhibition in France in 2011. His work can also be seen at the Galerie Perrotin (Paris), James Cohan Gallery (New York) and Galleri Nicolain Wallner (Copenhagen).