Jason File

Born 1976, USA

Current: Reconciliations 2 exhibition at Historical Museum of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo (opening 26 November 2018); Sick Monday exhibition at Horse Hospital, London, 22 July - 19 August 2019

Languages: English and French


Jason File (b.1976, USA) is an artist, university lecturer in fine art, and war crimes prosecutor who lives and works between Brooklyn, NY, London, UK and The Hague, Netherlands. He holds degrees in fine art from the Chelsea College of Arts, London, and the Royal Academy of Art, Netherlands (2013), where he currently teaches. He also holds degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and law from Yale (1998), Oxford (2000) and Yale Law School (2004). File’s work has been recognized through collections and awards, including the Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize (2014), the Mead Fellowship, University of the Arts London (2014), and selection as ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize Finalist (USA, 2014, selected by Hrag Vartanian) and Celeste Prize selected artist (Italy, 2014, selected by Andrew Hunt). Solo and two-person exhibitions and projects include: The Ryder Projects, London (2015); Stroom, The Hague (2015 & 2016); Ovalhouse, London (2014); and X Marks the Bökship, London (2011). Group exhibitions include: Historical Museum of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo; NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2017); GEMAK, The Hague (2015); Cøpperfield, London (2015); Grand Rapids Art Museum, USA (2014); International Print Biennale, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (2014); SPACE, London (2014); Atelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna (2014). Artist talks include: Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, London (2016) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015). Art fairs include: London Art Fair (2016) and Art Rotterdam (2016). Press includes Art Monthly, Frieze (2016) and Artforum (2014). He co-curated "The Observer Effect" at GEMAK in The Hague in 2015.

Education & Residencies

NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, New York

Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague

Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London

Summer 2011
École du Louvre, Paris

Yale Law School

University of Oxford

Yale University


Selected Group Exhibitions

Horse Hospital, London, "Sick Monday", with Antoine Catala, Sophie Carapetian, Dean Kenning, Beagles & Ramsay, Lee Holden & Josephine Wood, John Russell, David Burrows, Vanessa Scully, Birgit Ludwig, Anita Delaney, Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler, A.K Bindesbøll & Ava Fersi, Laure Provoust, Ada Wesolowska, Ben Rivers, Jason File, Liam Scully and Paul McCarthy
22 July 2019 - 19 August 2019
(Exhibition & Poster Launch Party, 6-9pm, Monday 22 July; Blu-Ray Publication Launch & Finissage Screening Party, 6-9pm, Monday 19 August)

B#Side Gallery, Treviso, Italy "For a Human Geography of War", with Francisco Goya, Enes Zulevic, Gail Ritchie, Maria Dabrowski, Teresa Abad-Carles, Giada Pianon, Wendimangen Belete Maresha, Joshua Cesa, and Lang Ea, curated by Chiara Isadora Artico
19 January - 24 February 2019

Historical Museum of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo, "Reconciliations 2", curated by Elma Hodžić
26 November 2018 - September 2019

NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY, "Somewhere down the line, there’s a fine line between a deadline and the bottom line" , curated by Vanessa Kowalski
31 August - 21 September 2018

NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY, "fluid CURRENCY", curated by Adele Eisenstein
June 2018

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, "Lockers v2" 
March 2017

The Ryder, London, "End User: Jason File, JonesSmithJohnson, Jonas Lund and Carey Young" 
6 October - 12 November 2016

Derwent Art Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
19-24 September 2016 (touring UK Oct-Dec 2016)
Selected by Eileen Cooper RA, Michael Glover and Meryl Ainslie

Showroom, London, "Mead Scholars and Fellows Showcase"
18 January - 3 April 2016

GEMAK, The Hague, "The Observer Effect"
17 July - 15 August 2015

Cøpperfield, London, "Et mon droit"
With Jill Magid, Carey Young, David Birkin, Etienne Chambaud and Marco Godoy
28 May - 11 July 2015

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan, USA, "DIS]COMFORT ZONES: ArtPrize at GRAM 2014"
18 September - 12 October 2014

International Print Biennale 2014, Hatton Gallery, Great North Museum, Newcastle, UK
27 June - 8 August 2014
With Keith Coventry, Jane Kent, Bedwyr Williams, et al.
Selected by David Nash RA, Stephen Coppel (British Museum) and Susan Tallman (Art in Print)

Rushgrove House, London, "Rushgrove House Project II"
15 May - 15 June 2014

SPACE, London, "Future Map"
20 March - 6 April 2014

Atelierhouse der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (Semperdepot)Vienna, "London | Vienna | Calling"
February 2014

Embassy Tea Gallery, London, "Passion for Freedom"
November 2013

Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague, Graduation Show
July 2013

Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, Degree Show
June 2013

Billytown, The Hague, "Big Bang"
March 2013

Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, "Translations"
November 2012

Teesdale Street, E2 London, "Symbiotics"
July 2010

Red Gate Gallery, Brixton, London, "LINK"
May 2010

Xhibit 2010, LCC Gallery, University of the Arts London
Selected by Sacha Craddock, Maggie Pinhorn et al.
March 2010

Selected Performances & Screenings

Close-Up Cinema, London
”Sick Monday” with Paul McCarthy, Laure Prouvost, Ben Rivers, Liam Scully and Ada Wesołowska, featuring Damon Packard, curated by Liam Scully
17 December 2018

Cøpperfield Gallery, London
11 March 2015

Embassy Festival, The Hague
7 September 2013

Eight Hours Overtime, International Club The Hague
March 2013

Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Open Day Exhibition, The Hague
January 2013

Performance, Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague
December 2012 

Public Voting (performance), Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague
10 October 2012

Half-Mile Radius (performance), SW1, London
6 May 2010


  Books, Articles & Postings 

Oslobođenje (Sarajevo), “Exhibition ‘Reconciliation 2’: Life and death and 24 images in-between”, 28 November 2018 (in Bosnian)

Academic Book, Katherine Biber, In Crime's Archive: The Cultural Afterlife of Evidence (London: Routledge, 2018) ISBN 978-1138927117, pp.164-188

The Times (London), Edward Fennell, “Righting Wrongs”, 4 October 2018

Yale Law School, “Jason File ’04 Links Art and Human Rights Law,” 28 September 2018

Exhibition CatalogueResolution 827 (Berlin: Archive Books, in association with MoCA Belgrade, SMBA and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2017), Ed. Jelle Bouwhuis and Zoran Erić, ISBN 978-3-943620-50-4, pp.94-102

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Katherine Biber, "The Cultural Afterlife of Criminal Evidence," 2017, p.10

Art Monthly, Review, London Roundup, November 2016

Frieze, Review, "Around Town: The Hague", September 2016

Book, Chris Lewis, Too Fast to Think (London: Kogan, 2016), ISBN 978-0-7494788-65, p.159-60

Exhibition CatalogueJason File: An Ornament and a Safeguard, The Ryder Projects, London, catalogue essays by Jo Melvin and Dave Beech (London: Aleph, 2015), ISBN 978-0-9933051-0-8

The Londonist, "The Best Independent Art Exhibitions of 2015", 26 December 2015

Exhibition Catalogue, Exit GEMAK: All Art is Political / Kunst = Politiek, p.52 (The Hague: GEMAK, 2015), ISBN 978-9-0816733-4-1

Exhibition CatalogueThe Observer Effect, GEMAK, The Hague, catalogue essay by Philip Peters (2015)

Metropolis M, George Vermij, "The Observer Effect", 9 August 2015 (in Dutch)

Artlyst, Art Review, "Summer Art Exhibitions Not To Miss in London in 2015", 22 July 2015

Creating Rights, Fiana Gantheret, "Artistic exploration into international legal work: a matter of evidence?", 8 June 2015

If Then Is Now, Walter van Teeffelen, "Internationaal doorgebroken 15 - Jason File" (International Breakthrough), 3 June 2015 (in Dutch)

The Londonist, Tabish Khan, "Can A £1 Coin Be Worth £10,000?", 1 June 2015

Artlyst, "Contemporary Art and Law Explored in New London Group Exhibition", 1 June 2015

FAD, "Top 6 Art Exhibitions to see in London this week", 31 May 2015

Chelsea College of Arts, "Fine Art Graduate Jason File: Mead Fellowship Exhibition," 22 May 2015

Paul Carey-Kent, Top Ten Exhibitions in London, May 2015

Jegens & Tevens, Nathalie van der Lely, "Weekend Tip: Stroom - A Crushed Image, 20 Years After Srebrenica," 9 April 2015

Justice Hub, "Jason File," 27 March 2015

Traction Magazine, "The Ryder Projects,"
February 2015

The State of Art: Performance and Conceptual (London: Bare Hill Publishing, 2014), ISBN 978-1-909825-06-2

MLive, Joseph Becherer, "ArtPrize jurors show their respect for Grand Rapids with Shortlist," 1 October 2014

University of the Arts London, "Ones to Watch: Jason File," 17 April 2014

Artforum, "Zabludowicz Collection Announces 2014 Future Map Prize Winner," March 2014

Arts London News, Edwige Dubois, "Ovalhouse Honours Two Chelsea Alumni," 19 February 2014

oe24.at, "London Vienna Calling erobert Wien," 15 January 2014

Ellie Dawes, "Ten reasons for theatre lovers to be crazy excited for 2014," All For Your Delight: playreviews.co.uk
January 2014

Metropolis M, Hinde Haest, "Blood, Sweat, Tears, Diploma: KABK Den Haag," 29 July 2013

Kunstbeeld, "Lichting 2013: KABK," 13 July 2013

Hagazine, "Graduations 2013 KABK verkend," 13 July 2013

The Holmes Report, Chris Lewis, "Getting the Connection," 8 July 2013

Mister Motley, Hanne Hagenaars, "De KABK-selectie," 7 July 2013

Jegens & Tevens, Esther Didden, Review, "Big Bang," 18 March 2013

Trendbeheer, "Big Bang @ Billytown," 16 March 2013

Pimlico People, James Mass, "Chelsea College of Art and Design student wins Tate Britain competition," 24 June 2011

X Marks the Bökship, “Extra Copies,” 19 March 2011

Arts London News, Andrew Willis, “XHIBIT showcases UAL’s Emerging Talent,” 11 March 2010


Lectures, Talks, Teaching and Radio/Television

2018 and ongoing
Royal Academy of Art, Netherlands, Lecturer and Seminar Leader, Research & Discourse (2013-present)

Simmons & Simmons, London, "Aesthetics of Evidence - Jason File in conversation with Jon Sharples", 1 Oct. 2018

Yale Law School, Lecture, “The Art of International Criminal Law”, 26 Sept. 2018

Drawing Room, London, Artist’s Talk, “Drawing as Testimony”, Drawing Research Forum, Autumn 2017 Session, 11 Sept. 2017

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, Artist's Talk and Panel Discussion, “Thinkspace: Corruption”, 28 Feb. 2017

Arte Television Channel, “Metropolis: The Hague” television program (France/Germany), first aired 26 Feb. 2017 (available in Français/French or Deutsch/German)

Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, London, In-Conversation with Dr Alice Prochaska (Principal, Somerville College, University of Oxford), 11 October 2016

Yale University, Speaker and Panelist, Whitney Humanities Center, New Haven, CT, USA, 17 October 2015

Humanity in Action International Conference, Leiden University, Netherlands, Speaker, 27 June 2015

Cøpperfield, London, Roundtable Discussion on Law as an Artistic Medium, 24 June 2015

The Ryder, London, In-Conversation with Dr Jo Melvin (Reader in Archives and Special Collections, University of the Arts London), 26 May 2015

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Artist's Talk and Panel Discussion, 23 April 2015

Galerie West, The Hague, Artist's Talk and Panel Discussion, "What is the Common Good?," 22 April 2015

Stroom, The Hague, Artist's Talk and Finissage, A Crushed Image, 12 April 2015

Dutch National Public Radio 1, Radio Interview by Botte Jellema, 21 March 2015 (in Dutch)

Stroom, The Hague, Artist's Talk, Stroom Circle, 20 March 2015

WOOD Radio 106.9FM/1300AM, Radio Interview, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, 10 October 2014

Contemporary Art Society, Artist's Talk at International Print Biennale, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, 28 June 2014

SPACE, London, Zabludowicz Prize artist-in-conversation with Zabludowicz Collection Acting Director Maitreyi Maheshwari, 6 April 2014

Wander, The Hague, Residency Advisor (advisor for artist-in-residence Simon Farid), Jan-Mar 2014

Embassy Festival, The Hague, Panel discussion with artist Puck Verkade and Samuel Wuersten (art director Holland Dance Festival), 7 September 2013, in association with Nieuwe Garde Den Haag