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Jean-Ulrick Désert | Haiti

Born in Port au Prince, Haiti.
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Installation, performance, photography, mixed media, video

Graduated in architecture from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture (1993) and from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (1985) both in New York, USA.

Jean-Ulrick Désert was a fellow of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France (2001 and 2010), of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2002 and 2004) ; of the Brave New Art Foundation in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2004) ; and of the Villa Waldberta in Feldafing, Germany (2005 and 2006).

His last individual shows include : The Goddess Project / Shrine of the Divine Negress no. 1 at the Dada Post Gallery in Berlin, Germany (2010) ; Postkarten Von Meinen Lieben (Postcards from my loves) – installation of art in a public space on advertising billboards in Munich, Germany (2006) ; The Passion at the Stadtmuseum in Munich, Germany (2006) ; Das Burqa Projekt : An Den Grenzen Meiner Träume Begegnete Ich Dem Gesit Meines Doppelgängers – installation in the Migration Office of Munich, Germany with the Szuper Gallery (2005), in the Lower Eastside Tenemennt Museum and in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council both in New York, USA (2002) and at the gallery SOX36 Das Schaufenster in Berlin, Germany (2002) ; Jn. Ulrick Désert at the Kunstverein in Wolfsburg, Germany (2004) ; The White Man Project at the BRUCE Brave New Art Foundation in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2004) and Negerhosen2000 at the Aktionsforum of Munich, Germany (2001).

Regarding his participation to collective exhibitions, his work was showcased in : Radical Presence : Balck Performance in Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, USA (2012) ; Who More Sci-Fi Than Us at the Kunsthal KadE in Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2012) ; Building Dwelling Thinking at Smartloft in Berlin, Germany (2011) ; Making Mirrors / Of Body and Gaze at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin, Germany (2011) ; Wrestling with the image at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington D.C., USA (2011) ; Urban Memories at the Altes Museum Neukölln in Berlin, Germany (2010) ; Comet Prussia at the Werkstattgalerie in Berlin, Germany (2009) ; Signs Taken for Wonders at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, USA (2009) ; Kreyol Factory at the Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France (2009) ; Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, USA (2007-2008) ; Sexwork : Art Myth Reality in three places in Berlin, Germany (2006) ; Zeichnung at the Schwules Museum in Berlin, Germany (2004) ; Veni Vidi Video II at the Studio Museum Harlem in New York, USA (2004) …

Jean-Ulrick Désert represented both Germany and Haiti in the 10th Havana Biennial (2009).

Interview Exclusive de Jean-Ulrick Désert (November 2013)

Jean-Ulrick Désert is artist in residency and exhibits on site in the Place Abbé Grégoire for the BIAC Martinique, Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain, which first edition is held from November 22, 2013 to January 15, 2014 and which theme is “On the Resonance of the Literary Outcry in the Visual Arts“. For this need, Uprising travelled to the Martinique from November 19 to 26 to report on the event and conduct a series of interviews of the organizing team, the invited curators, the artists in residency and the artists from the International and Martinican Pavilions. In November 2013, Jean-Ulrick answered our questions on his new piece Love Anger Madness, as well as on the transdisciplinary and collaborative aspects of his practice. Read more

Exclusive Interview with Jean-Ulrick Désert (2012)

Jean-Ulrick Désert answered to our questions in the framework of our special report on the exhibition Who More Sci-Fi than Us at the Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, The Netherlands – show guest curated by Nancy Hoffmann, and for which we interviewed participating artists. He describs his artwork The Goddess Constellations / Sky above Port-au-Prince Haiti 18°32’21”N 72°20’6”W 12 Jan 2010 21:53 UTC presented in the KAdE as well as his performative action around his “Creative Caribbean Community and Diaspora-Passport“. Jean-Ulrick Désert also took us on a reflection on the titles of his artworks and on his use of iconography.

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