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Michael Najjar belongs to that contemporary artistic vanguard which takes a critical look at the technological forces shaping the early 21st century. His work is shown in museums, galleries and bienniales around the globe since many years. In his photo and video works Najjar approaches art with an interdisciplinary mindset, transmuting the fields of science, art, and technology into visions and utopias of future social structures emerging under the impact of cutting-edge technologies.

Born in 1966 in Landau, Germany, Najjar attended the bildo Academy of Arts in Berlin from 1988 – 1993, where he was trained in the practices of conceptional and interdisciplinary art. During this time he discovered the visionary theories of media philosophers such as Vilém Flusser, Paul Virilio and Jean Baudrillard which have markedly influenced his later work.

In his conceptual work Najjar magnifies and re-examines the potential of the technical image through constant reconstruction of time and space using a wide range of techniques in thematically focused work series. These range from depictions of the human body transformed by biogenetic intervention, transformation of megacities through condensed information networks, and virtualization of financial markets with smart algorithms to the future of space exploration based on new scientific, engineering, and technological outcomes. His pictorial language of form and content guides the viewer into a complex construction of simulated reality generated by the montage of numerous image sources and elements. Alongside this, the performative aspect of his artistic practice has shifted into sharper focus in his current “outer space” work series for which he decided to become an astronaut and fly into space in the near future on board a newly developed spaceship. He now uses his own body for performative action, testing his limits in physically and mentally demanding, highly complex technical environments. Such extraordinary borderline experiences inform his unique photo and video artworks. Throughout his oeuvre, Michael Najjar repeatedly questions the relationship between reality and its representation through the technical image. His work is distinguished by its supreme technical precision, innate sharpness, and highly artful reinterpretation of reality.

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