German artist Michael Najjar is fascinated by scenarios for the future of mankind. In his large-format photographs and video works, he creates a simultaneously exciting and disturbing picture of human beings as artificial, technological beings.
Michael Najjar's creative process is based on current scientific ideas in the field of genetic engineering. He uses these with great artistic freedom to visualise new visual worlds in which fact, fiction and pure fantasy tumble and interweave. The resulting images can be chilling representations, fascinating interpretations or entertainingly imaginative guesswork. The forthcoming exhibition will include eight series, all dating from the 1997-2008 period but all at first sight quite different in concept and execution. The earliest is entitled ¡viva fidel! - journey into absurdity and could easily be taken for a traditional black-and-white photo-documentary on Cuba. However, the digital manipulation that permeates the images casts doubt on the truth of the photographic account. In the years since then, Najjar has chopped and changed 'reality' ever more heavily. In his latest series, bionic angel, the process goes so far that the viewer wonders what if any role photography has played in generating such sophisticated, almost otherworldly, images. But these too are photographs, created with the use of flesh-and-blood models and the help of a team of stylists, make-up artists, lighting specialists and image manipulators.