ARTIST ROOMS artist essay
The young Belgian artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez was born in 1962 and studied in New York at the School of Visual Arts and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Programme. He first came to prominence in 1997 when his highly acclaimed one-hour video montage, Dial H-I-S-T-0-R-Y, a version of which is included in ARTIST ROOMS, was first shown at Centre Pompidou, Paris and Documenta X, Kassel.
Grimonprez’s film and video productions explore questions surrounding identity and doubling, fear and anxiety and draw on political incidents and the history of film-making. He frequently uses found footage, brought together to create complex and layered films. In works such as Looking for Alfred 2005 and Double Take 2009, Grimonprez has looked specifically to the work of legendary film-maker Alfred Hitchcock, focusing on Hitchcock’s presence in his own films through cameo appearances to explore the nature of doubling and repetition.