Joachim Koester

°1962, Copenhagen (DK) - lives and works in Copenhagen (DK) and New York (US)

The artistic practice of Joachim Koester is based upon a complex web of docu-fiction, wherein personal, historical and journalistic issues melt with fictive narrations. In his video work, Koester uses strategies of montage, archiving and storytelling to illuminate historical events. Recently he has traced invisible and forgotten histories of transgression, based upon the legacy and remnants of occult movements and psychedelic experiments. Joachim Koester’s work goes beyond the broad field of a conceptual, documentary and narrative approach. By seeking to decode the signs of a repressed history, the artist acts as an explorer of the invisible, an observer of a reality inhabited by ghosts.


Joachim Koester
Joachim Koester (Photo by Anders Sune Berg)

Joachim Koester has had solo exhibitions including Camera Austria, Graz; Centre d’art Contemporain, Geneva; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; S.M.A.K., Ghent; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; and Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City. His work was also featured in numerous group exhibitions in international institutions, including Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunstverein, Hamburg; MCA, Chicago; and Louisiana Museum, Humblebaek. Koester also participated in the Sao Paulo Biennale in 2010; the Biennale of Venice in 2005; and Documenta X in 1997, Kassel.

Among others, his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. In 2013, he was the winner of the Camera Austria Award for Contemporary Photography, Coty of Graz, Austria.

Joachim Koester is represented by the following galleries;
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Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Jan Mot, Brussels

Greene Naftali, New York

works by Joachim Koester

Joachim Koester - Some Boarded up Houses, Chicago - 2013

Joachim Koester

Some Boarded up Houses, Chicago


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