J.Jackie Baier

Rule 34 Alter Angle Julia

from: 01.01.1970

Noted German art photographer and documentary filmmaker J.Jackie Baier presents us with a deeply personal and unglamorized view of Berlin’s sexual underground, moving with her camera through the city’s clubs, brothels, bars and streets. Baier, who moved to Berlin in 1993 and officially became a woman in 1997, portrays in a non-voyeuristic way the lives of Berlin’s transsexual prostitutes, drag queens and other “misfits”.

Baier’s two recent films have documented the lives of noted Berlin transsexuals.
“JULIA” is both an art photography portfolio as well as a celebrated and lauded 2013 full length documentary film about a Lithuanian Berlin streetwalker.
“House of Shame / Chantal All Night Long” is a film/photo project spanning a period of ten years in the life of Chantal, Berlin club hostess and queer icon.
Another work group, “Berliner Fleisch,” intimately depicts the world of transsexual prostitution. Exhibited to critical acclaim at several European art institutions, they provoked controversial media reactions.
The artist’s portraits show her interests in a broader political discourse, dealing with „migration as movement between countries, classes and sexes.“ Aiming to achieve its right of visual representation, Baier shows the invisible face of gender migration.
Her work has been compared to artists like Nan Golding, Jack Smith and Kenneth Anger, for the way she portrays (and exemplifies) a highly talented, unadapted, sexually anarchic urban subculture.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2011
Aviv Int. LGBT Film Festival – House of Shame Selection, Tel Aviv
2010
„Nocturnes“, Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin, Germany
2009
„The Portrait Project“, warehouse 9 / Danish Arts Council, CopenhagenDK
„Sehnsucht“, Galerie Lichtpunkt / Ambacher Contemporary, Munich, Germany
„Hole Lotta Love/Loch voll Liebe“, FENZ Kunstraum, Cologne, Germany
2007
„Berliner Fleisch“, warehouse 9, Copenhagen, Denmark
„Berliner Fleisch“, FENZ Kunstraum, Cologne, Germany
2005
„We Will Fall“, Art & Henle, Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Shows:
2013
“Rule 34”, SomoS, Berlin, Germany
Alter Angle – Berlin Fashion Week Artists’ Spotlight 2013, SomoS, Berlin, Germany
2012 „Art 4 Social Change“, Warehouse9, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011
“Not a Car”, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, USA
2010
European Photography Month: Streeple, Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin, Germany
2009
Jahresausstellung Agency Yorckberlin, Berlin, Germany
2008
„Transit“, Jahresausstellung der Gedok-München, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany
2007
„Perspektiven“, curated by W. Koppelman, Galerie Engler, Berlin, Germany
2006/7
„SEXWORK“, NGBK, Haus am Kleistpark, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
2005
„Vabanque – Spielarten des Körpers“, pgal, Berlin, Germany
2005
„La Revoluzione Siamo Noi“, Barbie Deinhoff, Berlin, Germany

Art Fair Participations:
2010
La Crèche, Berliner Kunstsalon, Berlin, Germany
2009
III. Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen, Germany (catalog)
Preview Berlin, Germany 2009 (curator: Edmund Piper)
III. Tease Art Fair, Cologne, Germany (catalog)
2008
II. Tease Art Fair, Cologne, Germany (catalog)
V. Berliner Kunstsalon (catalog)
II. Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen, Germany (catalog)
2007
I. Tease Art Fair, Cologne, Germany (catalog)
I. Jam Art, Palma de Mallorca, Span (catalog)
Berliner Liste 07, Berlin, Germany (catalog)
I. Contemporary Art Ruhr, Essen, Germany (catalog)
2006
III.Berliner Kunstsalon, Berlin, Germany (catalog)

Selected Bibliography:
Berlin’s Underbelly
– La Boulangerie de Bergère – A space that fosters the tangents of theoretical discourse within artistic praxis and visual culture, (online) Feb. 1, 2010
Holy Ghost Zine
– curated online gallery, Feb.1, 2010
Art Myth Reality / Sex Work
– exhibition catalog, NGBK, Berlin, Januar 2007
Mehr als ein F-Wort
– TAZ, die Tageszeitung, Berlin, 12 December 2006.
Sexwork. Kunst Mythos Realität
– Michael Nungesser, Kunstforum International – Band 184, S. 291

Collections:
Private collections in Berlin, Hamburg, Köln, Copenhagen, Potsdam, Munich.

Homepage:
www.jackielynn.de