The unknown—in its scientific, metaphysical, and historical variety—has been central to the work of Joachim Koester (b. 1962, Copenhagen) for over two decades. The first US museum survey of the artist’s work, Joachim Koester: To navigate, in a genuine way, in the unknown… reflects his interest in the limits of “what can and cannot be told,” from pre-modern ritual to the history of countercultures. Koester blurs document and narrative in this exploration of how knowledge, perception, and the body intertwine the rational with the obscure. By tracing forgotten journeys, occult phenomena, and esoteric forms of knowledge through photography, text, video, and film, Koester addresses the legacy of transgressive means for understanding the unseen and the unknown.
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