New York-based Joachim Koester was born in 1962 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He completed his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, in 1993.
Throughout the 1990s, Koester has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Arnolfini, Bristol (2000); P.S. 1, Long Island City (1999); AstrupFearnly Museet, Oslo (1999); Kunst-Werke, Berlin (1999); INOVA, Milwaukee (1998); Greene Naftali, New York (1997, 2000); and Gallerie Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen (1996, 2000). His work has been included in significant group exhibitions, including P.S. 1’s Greater New York (2000); Organizing Freedom at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2000); Cinema Cinema at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (1999); Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki’s This Side of the Ocean (1998); Nuit Blanche at the Musee d’Arte Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998); The Louisiana Exhibition, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen (1997); and Disneyland After Dark at Kunstamt Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (1996) and Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala (1995). He was included in the 1997 Johannesburg Biennial, Documenta X (1997) and the 1995 Kwangju Biennial.
Joachim Koester’s conceptually-based work examines the narrative conditions of culture, framing their overt as well as their unexplored aspects. Through photography and video, he skews seemingly mundane situations and landscapes with editing, repetition, and shifts in color. Beautiful images entice the viewer, but upon careful inspection, there is discomfort in the images Koester creates; a sense of darkness, of social disorder, permeates his work.