Jakob Gautel

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Biography

Jakob Gautel, an endangered species artist.
Born in 1965 in Karlsruhe, Germany, he came to Paris to study at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, where he worked on drawing, graphic arts, photography and installation with Christian Boltanski. He participated in workshops with Marina Abramović, Sophie Calle and Krzysztof Wodiczko, met Annette Messager, Daniel Spoerri ...
He lives and works in Paris, although not exclusively.
Very soon he began to show his work in France as well as internationally, and to experiment with art forms outside traditional art spaces : posters, actions, perfomances, interventions …
He has participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and art centres as well as artist-run and collective spaces, and has participated in international art biennials in France, and elsewhere. He has created actions within urban settings, interventions within cities and local areas, and worked on projects or interventions attempting to redefine the relationship between artist and public. He has also worked with stage directors and choreographers, and on projects with children.
He produced works of art in public spaces and for commissions, collaborating with artisans, and then, from 1995 to 1997, left to Indonesia for six months, and from 1999 to 2000 to the Villa Medici in Rome. In 2008 he was nominated Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Since 2001 he has also taught at architectural schools, first in Versailles, and now at Paris-La Villette in Paris, on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with lectures on “Art, Scenography and Architecture”.
He works with photography, video, installation, projections, books etc., each time choosing the most appropriate technique for his subject.
His principal concern, and one which is visible throughout his work, is not a specific subject or technique, but rather an ongoing research into the narrow line between reality and fiction, between the world of appearances and what is hidden, between being and seeming, between the exterior and the interior.
Producing meaning rather than producing objects...