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Janis Polar

1993*, Basel

Janis Polar is a Basel based visual artist/researcher. He investigates disturbed socio-ecologies in anthropocentric systems and his own entanglements in them. His work engages at intersections of (media) technology, science and political ecology, trying to build relations to complex geographies and the more-than-human. He mainly works with image-based media, archives and found objects, combining (post-)documentarian and speculative approaches in installations and audiovisual performances. His works have been exhibited in Switzerland, Germany, USA, Estonia, China and he regularly collaborates with scientists. Janis Polar has received various work, residency and research grants and he holds degrees with distinctions in Cultural Analysis, Film and Literature Studies (University of Zürich). His practice has been further influenced by working in curation and art mediation for innovative institutions in their fields (Fotomuseum Winterthur, Int. Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Migros Cultural Percentage) as well as by various non-institutional projects.