Micheal Najjar "hangseng_80-09" 2008-2010
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, diasec,
custom made aluminum frame
26.5" x 40" Edition of 6
51.5 x 79.5 Edition of 6
In high altitude (2008 – 10), Najjar rendered data visualizations of the leading stock indices over 20-30 years into the mountain ranges he had photographed during his trek to Mt.Aconcagua the highest mountain in the world after the Himalayas.
The Hang Seng is a major stock market index which tracks the performance of around 50 largest companies listed in the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
Technological progress has accelerated to the point that the future is happening to us far faster than we could ever have anticipated. Michael Najjar belongs to the contemporary artistic vanguard taking a critical look at the technological forces shaping the 21st century. In his photo and video works Najjar approaches art with an interdisciplinary mindset, transmuting the fields of science, art, and technology into visions and utopias of future social structures emerging under the impact of cutting-edge technologies.
Najjar’s work has been included in many international museum exhibitions and biennials, including the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, the 2006 Venice Biennale’s 10th International Architecture Exhibition, the 9th Havana Biennale 2006, Convergence Biennale Beijing 2007. In 2008, Najjar had his first mid-career retrospective at the Museum for Photography and the Museum for Contemporary Art GEM in The Hague. In 2015 he was selected to exhibit at the ZKM I Globale’s “Exo-Evolution” curated by Peter Weibel. His work is represented in numerous public collections including ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Gemeente Museum, The Hague; CAC Museum Málaga and in many leading corporate and private collections.