Feb 26 2020

LOVE ANGER MADNESS: The Subtle Activism of Haitian-American Artist Jean-Ulrick Désert

February 26, 2020

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


1501 UH


Chicago, IL 60612

Jean-Ulrick Désert is a conceptual and visual artist born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Désert's art works vary in form: public billboards, actions, paintings, site-specific sculpture, video and art objects. They emerge from a tradition of conceptual work engaged with social and cultural practices.

Well known for his “Negerhosen2000,” his provocative “Burqa Project” and his poetic "Goddess Projects," Désert has said his practice may be characterized as visualizing “conspicuous invisibility.” He has exhibited widely at venues such as The Brooklyn Museum, The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Grey Art Gallery NYU/Studio Museum of Harlem, Walker Art Center in the USA, la Cité Internationale des Arts in France, The Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst in Germany and in galleries and public venues as well in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Ghent, Brussels.

He is the recipient of awards, public commissions, private philanthropy, including Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Villa Waldberta-Munich, Kulturstiftung der Länder (Germany) and Cité des Arts (France). He received his degrees at Cooper Union and Columbia University (New York) and has been an invited lecturer and critic at universities in the United States (Princeton, Yale, Columbia), Germany (Humboldt University in Berlin) and in France (at the École supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris). He also advises and teaches for Trans Art Institute (based in New York).

Désert established his Berlin studio-practice in 2002.



School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics

Date posted

Feb 5, 2020

Date updated

Feb 5, 2020