Johan Grimonprez's Biography
Johan Grimonprez is a Belgian artist best known for his experimental films and videos exploring themes around identity, memory, and media. Born in 1962 in Belgium, Grimonprez studied at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. His works have been shown in international exhibitions and festivals such as the Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, the Museum Ludwig, and the Serpentine Gallery. Grimonprez is most well known for his 1997 film Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, a documentary-style film that uses archival footage to explore themes of identity, media, and the Cold War. He has also made numerous other video works such as Double Take (2009), a video installation that combines footage of Cold War espionage with Alfred Hitchcock's famous film Rear Window.