Manifesta has appointed German artist Christian Jankowski as Chief curator of its eleventh edition, which is to take place in 2016 in Zürich. This is the first time an individual artist has been selected for the position, although some artists were previously involved as part of the curatorial team (such as Raqs Media collective for Manifesta 7). Jankowski will be working on ‘a project for an entire urban environment’ Manifesta director Hedwig Fijen announced, investigating ‘the whole array of art’s authorship, its production and its reflection on Zurich’s professional landscape’.
He will be succeeding to German curator Kasper König in charge of curating the controversial Manifesta 10 at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, and which closed on 31 October 2014.
Christian Jankowski (Göttingen, 1968) studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (Germany) and is currently based in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include: Heavy Weight History, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2013); Llorando por La Marcha de la Humanidad, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2012); Casting Jesus, MARCO, Rome (2012); The Finest Art on Water, Frieze Art Fair, London (2011); Now For Something Completely Different, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna (2009); and Dienstbesprechung, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2008). Jankowski participated in the Venice Biennale in 1999 and 2013 as well as in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Jankowski started his artistic career as a curator of his own independent space, Friedensallee 12, in Hamburg in the period 1992-1996.
17 November 2014.