Program 2016

Christian Jankowski

Germany (1968)

Casting Jesus


The work of Manifesta 11 Artistic Director Christian Jankowski has gained international recognition since The Venice Biennale in 1999 where he presented The Hunt, a work that sees him hunting in a supermarket, and Telemistica, in which he questions mediums live on Italian television. Casting Jesus is a video installation that shows auditions for the role of Jesus. Using the codes of Reality TV, the experiment was filmed in Rome under the watchful eyes of key figures from the Vatican, who watched candidates break bread, carry the cross and perform miracles. Through passionate and disconcerting discussions between members of the jury and candidates for the role, the artist questions the way the Church perceives representations of the Messiah and how this image is then expressed in contemporary media. The installation will be presented at the Oriental-Vevey, a venue that was first a church, then a cinema, then an erotic cinema, and finally turned into a theatre in 2014.

Duration: 60 min.