Michael Najjar

Outer space


The outer space work series deals with the latest developments in space flight and the way they will shape our future life on earth and in earth’s near orbit. We are now on the threshold of a new era in space flight heralded by a paradigm shift in aeronautics research and the aeronautics industry but above all by the emerging sector of commercial space travel.

The outer space work series aims to elucidate the cultural dimension implicit in such technological developments and transpose it into a process of artistic transformation.

One central theme in this series will Najjar´s own experience of space flight. As one of the pioneer astronauts of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, he will be embarking on SpaceShipTwo in one of its soon to be scheduled flights where he shall be the first artist in space.

To prepare for the flight, he is undertaking a multistage cosmonaut training program at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia. The course covers jet flight in the stratosphere, zero-g flight, centrifuge training, simulated space walks in the hydrolab, and training simulations in the Soyuz capsule, to mention only a few highlights.

The photographic and video works that make up the work series deal with the latest cutting-edge developments in space technology while at the same time covering the performance aspects of Najjar´s own training units equipping him for space travel.


Michael Najjar’s project is part of the group exhibition Dalla via Emilia al mondo,  curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.

Dalla via Emilia al mondo

The theme of Fotografia Europea 2016 opens to the world in the venue of Palazzo da Mosto with the collective exhibition Dalla via Emilia al mondo (From the via Emilia to the World).

Room after room, the work ranges from high quality photojournalism to the most creative approach introducing topical themes, from a lyrical gaze to a more engaged position. The artists tackle the dramatic aspect of borders, those which are marked and those less visible but still evident. Here, the social, political, and human themes take precedence, recounted primarily by non-Italian artists: Ziad Antar, Paola De Pietri, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Kent Klich, Bettina Lockemann, Maanantai Collective, Michael Najjar, Paolo Pellegrin, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber.


Michael Najjar (Landau, 1966) is a German artist, adventurer and – future astronaut. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 1988. His work is shown in museums, galleries and biennials around the world.

He works with Photography and Video. The focus of his work is on key elements of our modern society driven and controlled by computer and information technologies. Najjar, widely seen as a visual futurist, transmutes science, history and philosophy into visions and utopias of future social structures emerging under the impact of cutting-edge technologies. The fusion of realistic elements with fictitious realities, is a recurrent hallmark in his work which is usually composed in thematically focused series. Najjar demonstrates the potential of the photographic image, capable of making visible what is normally invisible to the human eye. His work visualizes what very often is beyond the limits of our perception, unveiling what is hidden under the surface of what he calls “telematic society“.

He 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; Es Baluard Museum, Palma de Mallorca and in many leading corporate and private collections.


7 May 11 am, Palazzo Da Mosto

ASK THE ARTIST: From the via Emilia to the World

with Ziad Antar, Maanantai Collective, Paola De Pietri, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Kent Klich, Michael Najjar, Paolo Pellegrin, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber.

The artists answer at questions by public.


7 May 4 pm, Teatro Cavallerizza

outer space

Michael Najjar talks with Walter Guadagnini


8 May 10.30 am, Teatro Cavallerizza

LECTURE: From the via Emilia to the World

Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli e Walter Guadagnini talks with the artists Ziad Antar, Maanantai Collective, Paola De Pietri, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Kent Klich, Michael Najjar, Paolo Pellegrin, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber


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via Mari, 7
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