Christoph Gielen

Born: Bonn, Germany
Lives: New York, New York

Christoph Gielen was born in Bonn, Germany, but has lived in New York most of his life. He specializes in conducting photographic aerial studies of infrastructure in its relation to land use, exploring the intersection of art and environmental politics. With his work, Gielen hopes to trigger a reevaluation of our built environment, to ask: What kind of development can be considered sustainable?

Gielen’s photographs have been exhibited in Europe and in the United States, and his pictures are part of international collections. Excerpts of Gielen’s work have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Metropolis Magazine, Cabinet, Lapham’s Quarterly and Adbusters.

Building on his previous inquiry into sprawl, Christoph Gielen’s forthcoming 2010 work includes a high-definition video project made in collaboration with aerial cinematographer Michael Kelem (Planet Earth, BBC, 2006); which will be exhibited as an experimental audio and video installation about motion and water.


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