Lisa Jeannin, Crossing, 2005 © Lisa Jeannin/BUS 2006. 2-channels video installation.

Lisa Jeannin

Lisa Jeannin works with one of the most fundamental concerns of art, namely observing and processing the surrounding world by means of the imagination. The artistic world that is her subject has been developed in animations, drawings, music and performance art. It frequently appears incomprehensible and the works which constitute it may be said to lack any fixed meaning. That is not to say that they lack meaning, on the contrary.

The fact that they are difficult to comprehend is their great asset. It is in the unutterable and the unrealistic that our imaginations, as observers, can start to grow. This is why we are caught in Jeannin’s world, why we accept it and enter into an alliance with it.

In other words, anything can happen – and does – in Jeannin’s art. To see an exhibition with Lisa Jeannin is to visit the place where rational reality counts for little, where it is exchanged for a while for her unnatural but nevertheless completely logical world, logical as dreams are logical. For, just as in dreams, it is the contexts and the encounters created within her gallery of figures that generates the fundamentally different and personal world of her art. The individual figures are frequently easily recognisable from everyday life, history and popular culture. The tortoise, the Mummy, the skeleton, the monsters, Mozart, the suitcase…One gets the feeling that fables, film and life itself serve as the inspiration for her works.

Lisa Jeannin

Born 1972 in Uppsala.
Lives and works in Antwerpen. [BE]


Malmö Art Academy, Malmö

Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving, Den Bosch, Breda [NL]

Selected solo exhibitions

Breaking the law, ALP galleri Peter Bergman, Stockholm

Galleri Ping Pong, Malmö

Ö, Index, Stockholm

Selected group exhibitions

Sydkraft, Loop-raum, Berlin [DE]

MALM 1, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö

Mörkrets Hjärta Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg

Selected bibliography

Dan Jönsson, ”Svaleboskolan i Veberöd”, Statens konstråds katalog #34/2005.

Leif Holmstrand, ”Två sorters fragment gällande Lisa Jeannin” Mörkrets Hjärta (utst.kat./exh. cat.), Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, 2004.

Leif Holmstrand, ”Öppning spricka brospann” Under Bron (utst.kat./exh. cat.). Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, 2003.

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