Christian Jankowski (1968, Göttingen) responded to a letter from Vincent van Gogh, which he wrote on or about 20 September 1882.
Van Gogh himself sometimes copied the work of other artists in a highly individual way, as he wrote in that particular letter:
‘it isn’t a hard and fast rule that only the composer plays his own compositions’.
Jankowski’s unconventional working method involves surprising forms of collaboration with people outside the art world. In this case, he found photos on the internet of people re-enacting a Van Gogh portrait, sending them to China to be painted by an artist there.
In this process, Van Gogh’s work is reproduced in different media, undergoing a diverse series of trans- formations: from the original to a re-enactment to a photograph to mass media to an oil painting, and then back to the museum where original self-portraits are on display.