ParisJakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl. Palais de Tokyo

Jakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl. Palais de Tokyo

Austrian artists Jakob Lena Knebl (1970) and Ashley Hans Scheirl (1956) work separtely or as a duo. They’ve created a common space where their artworks can dialogue or merge. ‘Desire rooms’ – The folklore and fiction refer to the ghostly double or the alter-ego of a person. 

The generous scenography draws on the codes of art and design, mixing ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture while tending towards the humorous and the grotesque. The installations generate a series of tensions and affects that lend the most recognisable and intriguing.

Jakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl draw as much on local – French – references: Art Nouveau, Barbapapa, Surrealism, Rita Mitsouko.

Place/ Palais de Tokyo, Paris

ft/ Kate Zaniewska

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