Tobias Kaspar

Tobias Kaspar was born in 1984 and lives and works in Zurich.

Kaspar’s practice is informed by an interest in how object, image, text, form and content relate to each other. In this regard, Kaspar’s artworks are an ongoing investigation of the semantic connotations of images and objects. The media photography and it’s pre- and representation are an continous centre point of his reflection. Fabric and garments are returning motifs along with issues concerning identity building and so-called ‘subjectivity’ in our society. Kaspar’s work raises questions about how to behave in today’s mainstream society; how, when and under what circumstances, one can curve out a space of one’s own, and thus question this very ambition in itself. Kaspar work exemplifies a strategy that uses appearance in different economies to reflect and question the artist’s own position and the position we are in at large. Through juxtaposition it offers insights into how different systems of value production function.

Opening up, shifting or overstepping categories is an important part of Tobias Kaspar’s approach. Since 2009 he has co- published the magazine PROVENCE, had his own eponymous jeans line since 2012 and in 2018 co-initiated the Longtang in Zurich - a “tank to think through contemporary art“. In his practice, institutions and the art system, as well as his own artistic practice, are repeatedly challenged. For example recently with his solo show Independence at the Kunsthalle Bern (2018) that was announced without a mention of the artist’s name as well as in 2016 with the 24h-blockbuster exhibition The Street that took place in the Cinecittà film studios in Rome. Kaspar often works with large groups of works that have titles such as: Lumpy Blue Sweater (2010), Bodies in the Backdrop (2012), The Bling Ring (2013), Friends, Lovers & Financiers (2014), Two Cities - Two Lives (2015), The Street (2016), Anna Karenina (2017) and The Japan Collection (2019). His works have been exhibited all over the world including Kunsthalle Bern (2018), Kunsthaus Zurich (2017), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2017), Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2015), Solo Shows, São Paulo (2015), CAFAM Biennale, Beijing (2014), Kunsthalle Wien (2014), Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2014), Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2013), Artists Space, New York (2013), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), Kunsthalle Zürich (2011), Kunsthalle Basel (2011), Museum Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011) and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2010).

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