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Jesper James Alvaer

First Name
Jesper James
Place of work
Prague and Oslo
public art
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About artist

The topicality of Alvaer’s work is based on a thoughtful observation of reality. In his paintings reality serves as a narrative to which he connects his own sparing dramaturgy. He selects media that are appropriate to the situation but is not dominated by them. By observing the image of reality he has acquired several variables that recur throughout his work and that he regards from different angles and thanks to which he operates by means of an ongoing self-education. From the straightforward videos Birds, Oranges, Draw a Line and Follow, and Bus Stop, which reflect reality in a subtle way using gentle humour he has moved through his collaboration with Isabela Grosseová to research methods and procedural projects, the outputs of which usually contain a multilayered testimony graded by the degree of work involved.

“I realise that it is genuinely needed and regard it as a personal challenge to create in Prague an exhibition that will be really bad so as to forestall possible expectations and draw attention to the format of the exhibition itself.” (Jesper Alvaer, 2009, Jelení Gallery, 257)

One of the first joint projects organised by Jesper Alvaer and Isabela Grosseová was Transculture: Act 1 (2006). The exhibition format corresponded to the results of the process regardless of the anticipated form. Reacting to the request by the Polish gallery Bunkier Sztuki the artists created an investigative probe into countries defining the borders of Europe (Part 1: Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Egypt). As well as the imported artefacts and exhibits from Czech collections, five guests remained for the duration of the exhibition that the artists got to know during the course of their travels around Northern Africa.

Another joint project that resonated intensely was the publication of Representation of the Nation (2007) and its subsequent reissue as Erratum (2008). Five thousand copies of a sixty-page newspaper (on-line: www.reprezentacenaroda.cz) contained an extensive declaration by the directors of all regional galleries on the future development of the institutions under their control. A subtle hint of the subversive nature of the material was a certain similarity of the language of individual respondents and the unexpectedly critical, engaged tone of the texts. The texts were not by the heads of the galleries (whose authentic statements are available at http://www.reprezentacenaroda.cz/archiv/), but had been downloaded and translated from eipcp.net and used for the creation of a discourse as ready-made.

(The project) examines the question of what role cultural institutions play in the creation of our self-realisation as a national unit.

Author of the annotation
Denisa Bytelová



2004-2006 ITAM-ARCCHIP (Advanced Research Center for Cultural Heritage Inter-Disciplinary Projects) Czech Republic Academy of Science, Prague
2002-2003 CCA Kitakyushu, Japan
2000-2001 Cooper Union, New York, New York, USA
1997-2004 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (Vladimír Kokolia, Milan Knizak, Bielicky, Michal)
1994-1995 École Brousse, Montpellier, France

Grants / Support:
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Prague, 2005 (www.fcca.cz)
Norwegian State Support for Young Artists 2005-2007
NIFCA, Sleipnir Research, 2005 (www.nifca.org)
UKS-Biennalen IIII, Oslo 2004(www.uks.no)
OCA, Office for Contemporary Art Oslo, 2002+2004+2005 (www.oca.no)
Oslo Open, 2003 (www.osloopen.no)
Tranzit Artist Prize, 2003 (www.tranzit.org)
Royal Norwegian Embassy, Vienna, 2002
Royal Norwegian Embassy, Prague, 1998+99+2002
AVU, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, 1997+2002 (www.avu.cz)
AVU (Academie Vytvarnych Umeni, MFA), Prague, Czech Republic 1997-04
Center Contemporary Art- Kitakyushu (Residence) Kitakyushu, Japan 2002-03
Cooper Union School of Art, New York, U.S.A. 2000-01
Ecole Brousse, Visual Communication, Montpellier, France 1994-95
University of Oslo, History of Ideas, Foundation Course, Norway 1991-93


Solo exhibitions
Jesper Alvær - Projekt 0047, Berlin
Space Station #4: Jesper Alvær - 0047, Oslo

Jesper Alvaer: Banal - Galerie Jelení - Center for Contemporary Art, Prague
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Arbeidstid - Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden

Islands of Resistance: Between the First and Second Modern 1985–2012 - National Gallery Prague - Veletržní Palace, Prague

Norsk, Une Scéne Artistique Norvégienne Contemporaine - Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis, hommage à Ján Mančuška - Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris
How to Begin from the Beginning (Fail Again, Fail Better) - Futura, Prague

Paralelos Manifesta 8 - Paralelos Manifesta 8, Murcia Altruismus: Kunst aus Tschechien Heute - Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
Formate der Transformation 89-09 - MUSA - Museum auf Abruf, Vienna
WHITE PAPER - Entrance Gallery, Prague

Art To Date - C2C Gallery, Prague Going to Market - Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden
FORMÁTY TRANSFORMACE 89-09 - The Brno House of Arts - Central Building, Brno
Už stovky let to nebolí - Galerie Šternberk, Šternberk
Art To Date - C2C Gallery, Prague

Flowers of Our Lives - CoCA - Centre of Contemporary Art Torun, Torun
International Triennale of Contemporary Art - Re-Reading the Future - International Triennale of Contemporary Art (ITCA), Prague
LIGHTS ON - norsk samtidskunst - Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo

STILL HERE: humour in post-communist performative video - Artspace Sydney, Sydney, NSW CZECHPOINT - Museum of Art Zilina, Zilina
Jesper Alvaer, Isabela Grosseová - Figure and Ground - Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow
Prague Biennale 3 - Prague Biennale, Prague
Punctum - Futura, Prague

Closely Observed Plans, tranzit workshops, Bratislava. Curator: D. Kulhanek (display)
Indikace, v ramci 4+4+4dny v pohybu, Prague. Curator: M. Serranová,
By the way, Guest appearance, with P. Feriancova, Gallery Jiri Svestka, Prague
Economy class, Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, with A. Nicolic
Absolutely Private, with K. Miyagawa, Tokyo Met. Museum of Photography
Ideal Identity, Czech Center, New York. Curator J. Mancuska
In the Neighbourhood, De Veemvloer/Artwalks, Amsterdam. Curator: R. Waanja
Fresbee, Dum Umeni, Brno. Curator: F. Kowolowski
EUROPart, Billboards-Vienna/Austria, Curator: W. Seidl, U. M. Porbst

1811197604122005, galeria plan b, Cluj. Curator: D. Kulhanek, O. Chrobak
DÁMSKÁ VOLENKA, Galerie AVU, Prague. With I.Grosseova.
BEOGRAD NEKAD I SAD, Prodajna galerija Belgrade. Curator: M. Stamenkovic
PRAGUEBIENNALE2 (Definition of the Everyday), Prague. With N. Bich Thuy, N. Minh Phuoc, N. Quang Huy, I. Grosseova. Curator: K.Cisar, V. Havranek and J. Mancuska
BBQ, BWA, Sztuki Wspocesnej, Wroclaw. Curator: W. Pranckiewicz
Biennial for young artists, Stone Bell House, City-gallery, Prague. Curator: K. Cisar
Fortunetellers, BABA, Kanazawa, Japan. With FUTURE PROSPECTS and P.Horst Curator: Second Planet (K. Miyagawa)
Next week in your flat, Dum Umeni, Ceske Budjeovice, CZ. With B. Klimova. Curator: J. Ptacek
The Gift, (Logic of Exchange) Sparwasser HQ, Berlin. With M. Heier. Curator: I. Kierulf, H-M. Nordby
The Water Event, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, The migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zürich. Project by Yoko Ono. Curator: H.U.Obrist
IRREDUCIBLE, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, Miami Art Central (MAC, Miami), Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY. Curator: R. Rugoff

Foreign Bodies, NoD, Roxy, Praha. Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin. Curator: Z. Stefkova, Z. Lednarova
avant propos, galerirx, Paris. Curator: L. Nuridsany
challenge, Synagoge Space for Contemporary Art, Trnava, Slovakia. Curator: J. Cerny
Neutral, Motorenhalle, Dresden. Curator: Galerie Display, Prague
How 2 End A Message, SKC, Belgrade. Curator: M. Tomic, 45th OS/Continental Breakfast
UKS-biennale IIII, UKS, Oslo. Curator: H-M.Nordby, I. Kierulf
ETAGE; Erste Bank Group HQ, Vienna. Conception: B. Ondreicka
Passages d’Europe, Musee d’Art Moderne, Saint Etienne Metropole. Curator: L. Hegyi, J. Sevcik
Supraphon / Ma Chanson Favorite, Maison d’art, Osaka. Coordinated by T. Inagaki
A.K.A. (Also Know As), Berliner Kunstprojekte, Berlin. Curator: O. Brody, K. Peautau
Peregrinations II, Kino Kunstmuseum, Bern. Video program by B. Klimova for exhibition; Anxiety of Influence: Bachelors, Brides and a Family Romance, Stadtgalerie Bern
Like beads on an abacus designed to calculate infinity, Rockwell, London. Curator: A. Hunt
Peregrinations, Czech Centrum, Multiplace 3, Bratislava. Coordinated P. Vancat
desidolize now, Jeune Creation 2004, Grande Halle de la Vilette, Paris. Curator: K. Paetau
access cz.hu.pl.sk. With R.Kusmirowski(pl), B.Ondreicka(sk) and Little Warsaw(hu). Curator: Galerie Display, Prague
Collective non-hereditary memory (Chinese Whisper) Galerie Display. Prague Chinatown project part 2. With tranzit
New Video, New Europe, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, The Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Tate, London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museum of Art, North-Dakota. The Kitchen, New York. Curator: H. Walker

Meta Project, Her Project, Goethe-Institute, Prague. With Galerie Display
Things you don’t know, K & S Gallery, Berlin. Curator: K. Cisar
Gin & Yang, video program: J. Alvaer. K & S Gallery, Berlin Curator: K. Cisar,
Old habits die hard, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Norwich Gallery, GB, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Platform Garanti Contemporary art center, Istanbul, Motorenhalle, Dresden, Yeans/Rex/Galleri Box Kungshoeyd, Goteborg, Art in General, New York. With pas-Prague
Kompression, Kolonie Wedding, Berlin. With Galerie Display, Prague
Oslo Open 2003, Oslo. With Sporveien, Oslo. Guest star: Oslo Byaksjon. Curator: M. Heier, I. Kierulf
In/Out, Prague, Trafo-Budapest. With Umelec Magazine
In Situ, (Prague Access) Prague Chinatown project part 1, with tranzit, Galerie Display, Galerie Jeleni
Cafe Bratislava, Kunstlerhaus Passage Galerie.Vienna.With tranzit.
Mobile seminar, Prague. With tranzit
M. Knizak a jeho atelier na AVU, Alsova Jihoceska Gallery, Ceske Bodejovice, CZ
Prag-Aktuelle Videokunst, Balkan Konsulat, Graz. With Galerie Display, Prague
Zoo, international group show. Curator: Caz Mcintee
Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 911 Media Center, Seattle, U.S.A, Minicine, Los Angeles, U.S.A, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland, Hull time based arts, ROOTX festival, Hull, U.K, Videotage, Hong Kong, Gallery Soap, Kokura, Japan, Center for Contemporary Arts, Kitakyushu, Japan, Art in general, New York, U.S.A, Moving Image Center, New Zealand, the Red Gate Art Academy, Beijing, China
Enter Human, open studios, CCA-Kitakyushu, Japan
Traffic, Fokuoka Museum of Art, Kitakyushu Museum of Art, Japan. With K. Miyagawa, Curator: Y. Yamaguchi, S.Hanada

Dukes of Hazard, Maeda studio, (CCA) Kitakyushu, Japan
From Japan with love, sub:label, Galerie Display, Prague
Norwegian Student Film Festival, Filmhuis Lumen, Delft, Netherlands
Pass me the butterfly, d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Curator: F. and T. Gilman-Sevcik
Wechelstube, Eigen=Art, Stuttgart. With Galerie Display, Prague
Laska, Center for Contemporary Art, Bratislava, Slovakia. With J. Mancuska and B. Ondreicka
Umelec presentation, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. With Umelec magazine, Prague
Fair, Royal College of Art, London, U.K. With pas-Prague
Extradi(c)tion, Museo del Agua, Lisbon, Portugal. Curator: J. and J. Sevcik
Collective Nostalgia, Biennial for young artists, National Gallery, Prague. With Galerie Display
Le Jardin de Kaboul, AVU-Prague/School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Prague
Jesper Alvaer, separate exhibition, Mala Spalovka Gallery, Prague
Gracze/Players, BWA, Sztuki Wspocesnej, Wroclaw, Poland. Curator: M. Otwinowski

Ostensiv, Kunstraum b/2, Leipzig. With I. Vosecky
Crisscross, Art space Broumov, CZ. Curator: Galeie Jeleni
AVU 98-2000, Manes, Prague. Curator: M. Slavicka
Distant similarities or something better than cosmetics, Prague, Museum of Contemporary Art, Curator: J. and J. Sevcik, V. Beskied
Maxisklad, Manes, Prague. With J. Mancuska, T. Vanek, I. Vosecky, S. Simlova, Josef Bolf, Curator: V. Havranek
Skeleton Peleton, Open Studios, Vaclavske Nam., Prague. With J. Turner, T. Fafek, A. Havlicek


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