Christoph Draeger is a conceptual artist who is researching themes of utopia/dystopia, disaster, destruction and their representation in the media. His projects take form in installation, video, sculptures and photo-based media. Draeger is particularly interested in collaborative research-based practice. He studied at the School of Art and Design in Lucerne in Switzerland 1986-90 (MFA), and La Cambre in Brussels (1990-91). He is also the cofounder of the artist-run space Etablissement d’en face in Brussels.
Solo exhibitions include Kunstpavillon Innsbruck; Xandbeyond, Copenhagen; Young Projects, Los Angeles; CACY, Yverdon-les Bains; Kunsthaus Rapperswil; Kunsthalle Arbon; OK Centrum, Linz; Kunstmuseum Solothurn; Kunsthaus Zurich; Orchard Gallery, Derry; CCA, Ujazdowskie Castle, Warsaw; Roebling Hall, New York
Group exhibitions include Mori Museum Tokyo; MACBA, Barcelona; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, MoMA, P.S.1 (all in New York); Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Kunstwerke Berlin; Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City;
He participated to Shanghai Biennal, 2018; Kuandu Biennial Taipeh, 2018; Rencontres de la Photo, Arles, 2018; 55th Venice Biennale, 2013; Moscow Biennial, 2007; Liverpool Biennial 2002; Havanna Biennial 2000; Kwangju Biennial 1997.
Since 2015, Christoph Draeger serves as a full time professor at Academy of Fine Arts in Umeå, and since 2017, he is head of the Master's programme. Previously, he has been teaching workshops at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg; at HEAD, Geneva; ZHDK, Zurich; UEM Madrid, among others.
(image credit: From Without and Within [The Auroville Project], Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, 2017 Christoph Draeger and Heidrun Holzfeind, Installation view)
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU)