Joachim Koester

From the Secret Garden of Sleep  (2008)
Silver gelatin print
89,8 x 71,8 cm

From the Secret Garden of Sleep (2008)
Silver gelatin print
89,8 x 71,8 cm

From the Secret Garden of Sleep #6 & #7 (2008)
Silver gelatin print
89,8 x 71,8 cm

all images courtesy of the artist

JOACHIM KOESTER‘s work – which is based in photography but also incorporates film, installation and texts – explores places where fact and fiction, ideas and reality interweave. In the process he discuss how history is constructed through the telling of tales and also the photographic medium is ultimately ambiguous.

From the Secret Garden of Sleep is a series of portraits of home-grown cannabis plants, echoing the centrefolds of 1970s magazines such as High Times or Sinsemilla Tips. These images portray the plants’ recent evolution into exotic hybridized varieties due to changes in the administration and politics that surround them.

Born in 1962 in Copenhagen, Denmark, JOACHIM KOESTER lives and works in New York. His recent solo exhibitions include shows at Galerie Jan Mot, Belgium (2011); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2010); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2010); The Power Plant, Toronto (2010); Turku Art Museum, Finland (2009); and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2007).



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