Jakob Lena Knebl

Jakob Lena Knebl (b.1970, Baden, Austria), studied Fashion under Raf Simons at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Textual Sculpture under Heimo Zobernig at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, graduating in 2006. Playing with the languages of fashion and art history, notions of identity and desire, Jakob Lena Knebl uses spatial and photographic intervention (juxtaposition and mise-en-scène) to (de-/re-)construct ideas of identity as well as ones relation to objects and spaces of cultural memory.

 

Alongside her solo practice Jakob Lena Knebl works with Ashley Hans Scheirl on a range of projects. Often extra-bodily, these collaborative personifications not only question a ‘normative gaze’ but normativity as a mode of production, dissemination, and reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select exhibitions include: Marcher sur l’eau, Musée d’art et d’histoire Genève (2021); Sesonal Greetings, KUB, Bregenz (2020/21); Ruth Anne, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna (2020); Frau 49 Jahre alt, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (2020); Wir sind Henkel, Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna, with Markus Pires Mata (2020); Und Schwester Makart geht auf Wanderschaft, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna (2019); I am he as you are he as you are me. And we are all together, Belmacz, London (2019); Come together, right now. Over me, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris (2019); 55 Dates. Highlights from the mumok Collection, mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2019); Fashion Drive. Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts, Kunsthaus Zürich (2018); Oh… Jakob Lena Knebl and the mumok Collection, mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2017); Mapping the Body, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2016); The Language of Things – Material Hi/Stories from the Collection, 21er Haus, Vienna (2016); Gender jako dekomerowy performance, Galeria PF, Poznan (2015); Im Frühling, Darling, Kunstverein Hamburg (2014); Look at me, Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun (2014); Lebe den Tag, Kunst am Bau, Landespflegeheim, Baden (2014); Schwule Sau, KÖR, Vienna (2013); An Eye on the Disposition of a Cloud, Salzburger Kunstverein (2013); Art from Vienna, CI Contemporary Istanbul (2013); Faceless, Freiraum, Vienna (2013); Reflecting Fashion. Art and Fashion Since Modernism, mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2012); Set Staged Envisioned, 308at156 Project Artspace, New York (2012); Vanitas, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2012); Sense and Sensibility, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2011); Transgression, Beers. Lambert Contemporary, London (2011); Becoming, H13 2010, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna (2010); OPEN UP Kommunikation, Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna (2009); Mode française, in cooperation with Chris Haring, Les Subsistances, Lyon (2009).

 

Alongside these, Jakob Lena Knebl has curated a number of exhibitions; in 2019 she was named one of the most influential curators of the decade by Artnet.

 

Jakob Lena Knebl has participated in a number of biennials, including: the 15th Biennale de Lyon and the 51st festival Steirischer herbst Graz. In 2022, Jakob and Ashley will represent Austria at the 59th Venice Biennale. Jakob Lena Knebl was awarded the Austrian Federal Chancellery’s Outstanding Artist Award in the Fine Art in both 2017 and 2015.

 

Jakob Lena Knebl lives and works in Vienna, where she is a Professor of Transmedial Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Artworks

  • Konkret

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Konkret, 2020

    installation
    exhibition view first floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2020)

  • Konkret

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Konkret, 2020

    installation
    exhibition view first floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2020

  • Rathaus, Vienna

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Rathaus, Vienna, 2019

    Public Installation

  • Poupée I

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Poupée I, 2018

    c-print mounted in Dibond, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    60 × 80cm

  • Ma Poupée

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Ma Poupée, 2018

    c-print mounted in Dibond, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    60 × 80cm

  • Come Closer

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Come Closer, 2017

    c-print, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    120 × 80cm

  • Come Closer

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Come Closer, 2017

    c-print, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    120 × 80cm

  • Elegy

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Elegy

  • Curvy (right)

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Curvy (right), 2017

    c-print, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    30 × 40cm

  • Curvy (left)

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Curvy (left), 2017

    c-print, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    30 × 40cm

  • Carl III

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Carl III, 2017

    c-print, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    80 × 120cm

  • Carl IV

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Carl IV, 2017

    c-print, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    80 × 120cm

  • René

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    René, 2013

    c-type print, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    80 × 120cm

  • Pablo

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Pablo, 2012

    c-print, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    80 × 120cm

  • Amore Sottsass

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Amore Sottsass, 2012

    c-print, colour photography by Georg Petermichl
    80 × 120cm

  • Chesterfield

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    Chesterfield, 2011

    c-print, colour photograph by Georg Petermichl
    80 × 120cm

  • There Are More Things

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    There Are More Things

  • There Are More Things

    Jakob Lena Knebl

    There Are More Things

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