Jan Peter Hammer
When I started my artistic career I had a strong interest in film theory and literature and my first films and installations focused on atmospheres and objects endowed with a spellbinding character. After the financial crisis in 2008, however, I felt a greater urgency to engage with political discourse.
I have a strong conviction that narrative practices provide a vantage point for critique because they allow one to address the materialities of neo-liberalism –i.e. the manifold way people are compelled to reproduce its ideological determinations– instead of the mere concept of neo-liberalism. I find the interrelation with literature and cinema fundamental to the development of contemporary art practices.
Davidoff Art Initiative artist in residence
Altos de Chavón, Dominican Repubplic
Janurary - March 2018
Bio - CV
Jan Peter Hammer (b. 1970, Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany) studied Painting and Sculpture. In 1999 he moved to NYC where he attended courses at the New School’s Film Theory department and graduated in Fine Arts at the Hunter College. In 2004 he moved back to Berlin where he currently lives and works. His main interest is in the work’s narrative structure. His videos, films and synchronized slideshows open up a literary context. I find the interrelation with literature and cinema fundamental to the development of contemporary art practices.
His work has been exhibited regularly both in Germany and abroad. In 2016, he was selected as artistic research fellow at KHiO – Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway. Jan Peter Hammer’s works were shown at MACBA – Barcelona, 2015; Saltwater - 14. Istanbul Biennale 2015; Migros Museum, Zürich, 2015; Athens Biennale 2013 to name just few.