The Expo Chicago fair has named Jacob Fabricius, who serves as the artistic director of the Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark, as the curator of its 2019 “In/Situ” section, which showcases large-scale sculpture, video, film, and site-specific works at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. This year’s fair is slated to take place from September 19 to 22.
Before joining the Kunsthal Aarhus, Fabricius was associate curator at Cneai=, a contemporary art center outside Paris. Earlier, he served as director and curator at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen and as director of the Malmö Konsthall in Sweden. He is the founder of the publishing company Pork Salad Press and a newspaper project called Old News, and he is a board member of the Danish Arts Foundation.
Fabricius recently organized an ongoing exhibition titled “SUPERFLEX, WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT” at the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College in Florida. He also curated “Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo,” an upcoming show of work by Kim Beom at the Kunsthal Aarhus, as well as “iwillmedievalfutureyou1,” which opens at Art Sonje Center in Seoul in September.
He said in a statement, “I have been visiting and collaborating with Chicago’s incredible art institutions since the late 1990s, drawing from the diversity, architecture and history of the city. Chicago has inspired my work a great deal, and Expo Chicago’s immersive ‘In/Situ’ program provides the perfect framework for my exploration into pressing issues of sustainability and political systems.”
Stephanie Cristello, artistic director of Expo Chicago, added, “Having followed the work that Jacob has done at Kunsthal Aarhus, one of the strongest interdisciplinary exhibition programs in northern Europe, and abroad, we look forward to furthering the exposition’s commitment to presenting a program whose foundations are built upon contemporary global perspectives. His deep involvement with major Scandinavian institutions and the Chicago art scene will undoubtedly manifest an engaged program for our exhibitors and audience at the eighth edition this September.”