ⓘ Anne Duk Hee Jordan, an orphan from Korea, was adopted by a German couple at the age of four, and grew up in a small village in West Germany. She was trained as ..


ⓘ Anne Duk Hee Jordan

Anne Duk Hee Jordan, an orphan from Korea, was adopted by a German couple at the age of four, and grew up in a small village in West Germany. She was trained as a rescue diver, deep sea diver, and free diver. She was also trained as an occupational therapist, specializing in Kinaesthetics. She started her art education at 27, when she enrolled at the Berlin Weissensee. Disappointed by the program after several of her professors left the school, she joined Olafur Eliason’s Institute for Spatial Experience in 2012 as a master student.


1. Career

Anne Duk Hee Jordans background shaped her interests in art, science, and philosophy. Her work often speaks of issues of migration, identity, and social spaces, using natural or biological processes as metaphors. Her installations are meticulously researched, and she often uses humor to get her point across. She uses both living and dead materials, at times constructing machines that can mirror organisms, and creates a dialogue between art and science, her identity and social systems.


1.1. Career Major works

  • Metrotopie 2011: Anne Duk Hee Jordan collaborated with Shira Wachsmann, which took a subway car filled with living plants from all over the world that traveled across Berlin. The train car acted as a symbol of energy, recalling the Chinese meridian system qi.
  • Changing Sex in Ecology 2018: in this video of collected photographs, the artist builds on the work from Ziggy and the Starfish, juxtaposing images of gender fluidity in both art and nature.
  • Ziggy and the Starfish - How one becomes One with a Fish 2016/18: the artist investigates the sexuality of marine life, and the effect of climate change on its adapting and changing sexual behavior.
  • Lost Princess of Mongolia, Icarus 2012: in this video installation, the artist interweaves images of herself, dressed in traditional Mongolian dress wandering the streets of Berlin, with images of the artist preparing food. Dealing with issues of identity, the video ends with Anne throwing the potato into a river, symbolizing her return to her origin across the ocean.
  • Into The Wild 2017–18: dinner parties where up to 100 guests eat seasonal plants that grow in the city of Berlin. No utensils are provided and the table itself is edible.
  • Mein Deutsches Herz / My German Heart 2009: identifying herself with the ubiquitous potato in Germany a plant from "elsewhere" introduced to Europe the artist installed a small motor in a gutted potato, which was painted red, animating it like a beating heart. The work was a metaphor for her life: she comes from a place she cannot remember, and now lives in a "destination she does not know".
  • Water Me / Eat Me 2009: a self-sustained laboratory, where the artists not only "fed" a potato field with her own blood thereby mixing their DNA, but where the potatoes also acted as a source of energy for watering the plants, through a series of wires attached to copper and zinc plates, placed inside the potatoes.

1.2. Career Solo exhibitions

  • 2011 IF hope exists.there is no wasted land, Galerie cubus-m, Berlin
  • 2015 Far from any Road with Ralf Teekat, NON Berlin
  • 2010 Update Art 2010, Artforum, Berlin
  • 2010 Impulse, Munich
  • 2020 Into the Wild / Unter Beobachtung. Kunst des Ruckzugs in collaboration with Dr. Hauschka / WALA, Kultur Region Stuttgart
  • 2011 Metrotopie, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
  • 2020 A Handful of Dust with Viron Erol Vert, Berlin
  • 2019 Staying with the Trouble from Donna Haraway, Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin
  • 2016 Sonntag, Berlin
  • 2015 Stadtische Galerie, Iserlohen
  • 2018 Ziggy on the Land of Drunken Trees, Galerie Wedding, Berlin
  • 2012 Das Lied der Leere, Museum fur angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
  • 2017 Into the Wild, Food Art Week, Berlin
  • 2016 Entanglement of Little Things, Balzer Projects, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2019 Ziggy goes Wild, Kunstverein Arnsberg
  • 2014 OF bodies changed to various forms, I sing, Galerie cubus-m, Berlin
  • 2010 Compassion, UdK, Berlin


2. Awards

Anne Duk Hee Jordan received first place in 2005 for her poetry in the Brentano Literature Contest. Her work was compiled in the Bibliothek Deutschsprachiger Gedichte in 2008 and 2012. In 2011, she received a science and art grant from Kunstlerdorf Schoppingen. She was an artist in residence at Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan in 2008, at the Flux Factory in New York City in 2012–13, and at "Agency of Living Organism" in Tabakalera, Spain in 2016. In 2018, her work was included in the Riga International Biennal in Latvia, and the Beaufort Triennale in Ostend, Belgium. She was nominated for the Hector award in 2019.


3. Press and publications

Anne Duk Hee Jordan was recently featured in Sculpture magazine July/August 2019 issue, and was interviewed in Collectors Agenda by Chrischa Oswald. Her work was reviewed by Alison Hugill for Berlin Art Link. Her work was mentioned in ArtForum, as part of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.

She contributed to Olafur Eliassons Take Your Time 5 kitchen book 2013 and The Kitchen 2016.