Jesse Darling is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, drawing, text, sound and performance. They live and work in Berlin.

Their work is broadly concerned with what it means to be a body in the world, though what that means is both politically charged and culturally determined. Their practice draws on their own experience as well as the narratives of history and counterhistory. To be a body is to be inherently vulnerable, which extends to the “mortal” quality of empires and ideas as a form of precarious optimism – nothing and noone is too big to fail, and this for JD is the starting point for a practice in which fallibility and fungibility are acknowledged as fundamental qualities in living beings, societies and technologies. Imagining the ‘high church of the modern’ as a moveable or precarious tabernacle, JD’s works and writing feature an array of free-floating consumer goods, liturgical devices, construction materials, fictional characters and mythical symbols detached from the architectures, hierarchies and taxonomies in which they have their place.

JD’s recent projects include the participation at Venice Biennale, Venice (2019), a solo show ‘Crevé’ at Triangle France – Astérides, Marseille (2019), a solo show as part of Art Now, Tate Britain, London (2018), a participation in ‘A Cris Ouverts’, Biennale d’art contemporain, Rennes (2018) and in ‘Metarmophõseõn’, Galerie Sultana, Paris (2018).

Jesse Darling, Image Courtesy of i-D
Jesse Darling
Oxford, 1981

Current Exhibitions

Dissonant Healing

Galerie Maria Bernheim

07 Jun — 26 Jul
Controlled, scattered, analysed, thrown away. Transcendance, enlightment, evocative power. Contact engenders violence as well as awakening. Vanessa Conte depicts vividly the transformative powers of submission. Jesse Darling‘s...
14 Jun — 24 Aug
SALTS presents a group show Body Splits celebrating its 10 Years. The exhibition explores the representation of the body in contemporary art practices. For a long time, artists have challenged the traditional...

Past Exhibitions

Jesse Darling: The Ballad of Saint Jerome

Tate Britain
22/09/2018 — 24/02/2019


Brand New Gallery
14/01/2016 — 20/02/2016

Solo Shows

The Ballad of Saint Jerome, ART NOW @ Tate Britain, LDN, UK
Support Level, Chapter, NYC, USA
Armes Blanches, Sultana, Paris, FR
ATROPHILIA (w Phoebe Collings-James), Company, NYC, USA
The Great Near, Arcadia_Missa, LDN, UK
Spirit Level (w Takeshi Shiomitsu), AND/OR, LDN, UK
Same Same (w Takeshi Shiomitsu) CAC 41N/ 41E, ბათუმი, GE
Not Long Now, LimaZulu, LDN, UK
Stockholm Syndrome and Other System Failures, Arcadia Missa, LDN, UK

Group Shows

Entering a Song, Koenig and Clinton, New York, NY
Running Room, Horse and Pony, Berlin, DE
Metamorphõseõn, Sultana, Paris, FR
À Cris Ouverts, Les Ateliers de Rennes Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Rennes, FR
Docile Bodies, Vitrine, London, UK
Give Up the Ghost, Baltic Triennial 13, Tallinn Art Hall, EST
Post-Institutional Stress Disorder, Kunsthal Aarhus, DK
Cellular World, GoMA @ Glasgow International, Glasgow, UK
more of an avalanche, Wysing Art Centre, UK
District 17, Kraupa-Tuskany-Zeidler, Berlin, DE
Beacons: Pharos, Caustic Coastal, Salford, UK
An unpredictable expression of human potential, Beirut Art Center for Sharjah Biennale, LBN
Occasional Geometries, Longside Gallery/ Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
Command-Alternative-Escape @ Venice Biennale, Arsenale, Venice, IT
Salon Vogue, New Bretagne Bel Air, Essen, DE
A new job to unwork at, Artspace, New Haven, CT, USA
No Ordinary Love/ Pas d’Amours Ordinaires, Sultana, Paris, FR
Ways of Living, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
Abstract Sex, Hessel Museum @ CCS Bard, NY, USA
Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
GREY, Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT
Alive for an Instant, Stereo Galleria, Warsaw, UK
They/Them, DREI, Cologne, DE
The Fifth Artist, Wysing Arts Center, UK
Ruptures in Places, Boardroom of the Association of British Insurers, LDN, UK
The Shadow of the Dome of Pleasure, Artspace, NZ
Devotions, MOT Project Space, LDN, UK
Wilderness, New Shelter Plan, Carlsberg, CPN, DK
Überschönheit, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, AT
Material Girls and their Muses, Marcelle Joseph Projects, LDN, UK
Ends Again, Supplement Gallery, LDN, UK
It’s been four years since 2010, Preteen Gallery, LDN, UK
Private Settings: Art After the Internet, MoMA Warsaw, PL
Snow Crash, Banner Repeater, LDN, UK
Surplus Group Living Exhibition, KM Temporaer, BLN, DE
The Eternal Internet Brotherhood, Oaxaca/Online
Business Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship, Higher Pictures, NYC, USA
The Bastard Children of Pop, Angus-Hughes Gallery, LDN, UK

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Oxford Country of birth: UK Date of birth: 1981 Lives in: London & Berlin