Photographer and videographer Michael Najjar was born in Landau, West Germany in 1966 and has lived in Berlin since 1988, where he attended the Bildo Academy for Arts. His work focuses on the way in which computer and information technologies impact the world, fusing realistic elements with fictitious realities to make visible certain aspects of the modern world that are normally beyond the limits of human perception. Najjar's concepts magnifies and re-examines the potential of the photographic image through constant reconstruction of time and space using a wide range of techniques.
In high altitude (2008 – 10), Najjar climbed Mount Aconcagua in the Argentinian Andes, and, at 22,841 feet (6,962 meters) the highest mountain in the world outside of Asia. From its summit, Najjar took multiple photos of the Andes’s highest peaks, then repatterned the shots so that the mountains’ outline parallel the fluctuations of international stock exchange indices, giving tangible shape and impact to the invisible movements of global markets.
In outer space (2011 – current), he explores the latest development in space travel and how it is shaping future life on earth and in near-earth orbit. Informed by Najjar’s training to become the first civilian artist to fly to space, the series of large-scale photographs capture an intense and immersive futuristic world, inspired by cutting-edge aeronautic technologies and the nascent space tourism industry.
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.