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Johan Grimonprez (Belgian, born 1962)
Born in Belgium, Grimonprez studied Photography and Mixed Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gent before travelling to the United States to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Graduating in 1992, the following year he attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. As a young artist Grimonprez came to prominence with his highly acclaimed film essay ‘dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y’ in 1997. Grimonprez’s work balances on the borders of art and cinema, documentary and fiction, practice and theory. Informed by an archaeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalisation. Suggesting new narratives through which to tell a story, his work emphasizes a multiplicity of histories and realities.