The Passion, 2006, Digital Photography, museum-visitor
The Passion, 2006, Digital Photography, museum-visitor
The Passion, 2006, Installation view Stadtmuseum-münchen (Munich)
The Passion, 2007,  Gallery Detail View (The Color Line), New York
The Passion, 2007, Jack Shainman Gallery View (The Color Line), New York
The Passion, 2007, Jack Shainman Gallery View (The Color Line), New York
The Passion, 2006, Installation View Stadtmuseum-muenchen
The Passion, 2006, Installation DETAIL Stadtmuseum-muenchen
The Passion, 2006, Digital Photography, museum-visitor
The Passion, 2006, Digital Photography, museum-visitor
The Passion, 2006, Digital Photography, museum-visitor
The Passion, 2007, Jack Shainman Gallery View (The Color Line), New York
The Passion, Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation/the 8th Floor (The Body and History) 2015
The Passion, Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation/the 8th Floor (The Body and History) 2015
The Passion, Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation/the 8th Floor (The Body and History) 2015
The Passion, Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation/the 8th Floor (The Body and History) 2015
The Passion, Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation/the 8th Floor (The Body and History) 2015
The Passion, Meet Factory Gallery, Prague (curator Jaro Varga)
The Passion, Meet Factory Gallery, Prague (curator Jaro Varga)
The Passion, Memorial ActE Museum Gouadeloupe (curators Johanna Auguiac-Célénice & Tumelo Mosaka)
The Passion, Memorial ActE Museum Gouadeloupe FR WI (curators Johanna Auguiac-Célénice & Tumelo Mosaka)

The Passion

The Passion by Haitian-American artist Jean-Ulrick Désert was initially an interactive installation-sculpture photo performance for the Exhibition “Ein Spiel-viele Welten" (One Game-Many Worlds) during the  World Soccer Cup championships held in Germany in 2006 and was created and presented in the museum lobby of the Stadtmuseum München (The Munich Historical Museum).

The artist focuses on football (soccer) fan-culture eccentricities, typified by extravagant fanaticism and the hooligan subculture and a critique against the growing corporate exploitation of this globally celebrated game of football (Soccer).  A form of (corporate) Hooliganism exemplified by FIFA and other corporate partners. The project functions as an act of resistance against the presence of unbridled nationalism while re-inscribing the attributes of tribalism. Visitors to the museum and the general public are invited to participate and "perform" (for the camera) by choosing freely soccer-fan costume elements typically familiar from fan-culture . Mr. Desert’s reconstructions significantly avoids affiliations with specific soccer club franchises, nation or city teams or public, private or corporate sponsors. The archetypes of tribalism are all the more made visible in THE PASSION without the distractions of the signifying colors and logos used ubiquitously in sports today. The project's growing collection of digital photos in the museum lobby allowed the public to be part of a historic exhibition during the Soccer World Cup Championships.

This project were also presented at the Jack Shainman Gallery in The Color Line curated by artist and color-theorist Odili Donald Odita.

The Passion has also been presented at The Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation's The 8th Floor Gallery in Between History and the Body curated by Artistic Director Sara Reisman. Between History and the Body features artists Elia Alba, Firelei Baez, Nick Cave, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Brendan Fernandes, Jeffrey Gibson, Shaun Leonardo, Ana Mendieta (†), Paul Anthony Smith, Chungpo Tsering and Saya Woolfalk.

  1. Performance Art an online introduction
  2. FIFA scandals as noted on wikipedia
  3. Hooliganism in the football (soccer) world.
  4. This Video documentary alludes to the collaborating forces of hooligans with right wing groups who gather around these identifiers of nation states (in this particular video example Germany, though this phenomena currently exists throughout many different countries in western and eastern europe)
  5. Jack Shainman Gallery presented The Passion in the exhibition The Color Line curated by artist Odili Donald Odita. The exhibition included works by Tiong Ang, Radcliffe Bailey,  Christiaan Bastiaans,  Bili Bidjocka,  Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Nick Cave, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Kira Lynn Harris,  Fred Holland,   Rashid Johnson,  Remy Jungerman,  Kerry James Marshall, Nzingah Muhammad, Senga Nengudi, Mario Cravo Neto,  Olu Oguibe, Senam Okudzeto, Orgacom, Carl Pope, Miguel Angel Rios, The Trinity Session / Stephen Hobbs & Marcus Neustetter, Stanley Whitney.
  6. Book Fußball: Ein Spiel - viele Welten: One Game - Many Worlds (ISBN-10: 3897902427) Introduction accompanying the Munich exhibition: "Football exerts an irresistible pull throughout the world. It represents a stage for world-views, religions and values held by all sorts of cultures. From Brazil to Japan, from Cameroon to the Ukraine, from Mexico and even the US to Europe: throughout the world, this sport is interpreted and celebrated in different ways. Which players become heroes? How do fans from these entire different cultures act during a game? What is the importance of football to politics and what is the politics of football? Why do eleven team members become eleven advertising vehicles for sponsoring companies? Why do stadiums end up as multifunctional arenas? What cults and rituals are entwined with this sport in all the different countries? "Football: One Game - Many Worlds" looks at football from an anthropological view, discussing customs and rituals from around the world, such as Japanese football mangas and the Neapolitan cult of Maradona, Latin American 'fetishes' to invoke 'the gods of football' and West African coffins shaped like football shoes."
  7. PDF Rubins Foundation Press release

The Artist would like to extend thanks to Patricia Müller of the Landeshaupstadt München Kulturreferat and her collaborators at the Münchner Stadtmuseum (Munich City Museum) Karin Guggeis and Director Dr.Wolfgang Till. Irene Schoeller and her organizational team and security at the Stadtmuseum for the first manifestation of THE PASSION. Karin Sommer director of the Villa Waldberta, Exhibit designers Udo Vollmer & Thomas Hamann, Joachim Hausknecht and Andrea Naica Loebell, art assistants Karen Ernst (Munich) and Devcharya Hamann (Berlin), Peter Buchheit (Tischlerei), Tamiko Thiel and Ada Gerowitt, for their generous hospitality.


WORKS 1997–2023

Jean-Ulrick Désert is the inaugural recipient of Wi Di Mimba Wi :: The AKB & SAVVY Contemporary Commission Prize. 

Silence Will Not Protect You

Originally commissioned for Volume IV of Unfinished Histories at the Klosterruine in Berlin–Mitte, curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung. The initial floor installation consisted of 33 fine grain concrete birds laid to rest upon concrete/beton blocks...

Terra Nova Afrikæ 新非洲

Commissioned for the exhibition THE INCANTATION OF THE DISQUIETING MUSE by Savvy Contemporary (Berlin)...

Neque mittatis margaritas vestras ante porcos

do not cast pearls before swine

In this work, Désert teases the above mentioned excerpt from Matthew 7:6 and renders it in the form of festoons draped across the room. The texts, exhibited in Kreyol, Papiamento, Spanish, Sranan Tongo, and Patois, sit underneath balloons which characterise the pearls we are warned of wasting on undeserving recipients.

ABC's of my Private Life

L’ABCdaire de ma vie privée

In four pages, Jean-Ulrick Désert revisits the four places that shaped his personal experience: Port-au-Prince, Brooklyn, Paris, and Berlin...

Tante Cilet

How Nannite became Aunt Cilet (2015)

The shared phenomena of archiving and recycling photographic memories through family albums remains a critical point of cohesion for the Haitian diaspora...

Belgian Soliloquy

Belgian Soliloquy was developed for the Special Art-Project space PLATFORM 102 In Brussels (Belgium)...


The Goddess Temple

An imaginary "ruin" of Josephine Baker's unconstructed Parisian villa of 1928 (by Adolf Loos)...

Amour Colère Folie

(Love Anger Madness )- A Temporary Monument to Resistance

A temporary monument to resistance...


(I am very much in love w/u)

The Latin term Secretum is used to express the idea of a contained or jarred secret...



BlackOut was first created and installed for 3 days in a public square (Richard-Platz, Berlin-Neukölln) in the summer of 2012.

Sky Above Port-au-Prince

Haiti 12 January 2010 21:53 UTC

This artwork reflects the view of the sky above Haiti during the officially recorded time of the 2010 Earthquake.


The Goddess Constellations

 A 3-dimensional map of the sky above Paris (48°51N2°21E) marking the hour (5AM) of Josephine Baker's *death on the 12th of April 1975..

Shrine of The Divine Negress No.1

The Goddess Project

Désert’s take on the image of the Black Madonna and the Divine Feminine is expressed with a motif of Josephine Baker...

White Lessons

a series of different art-projects on the theme of Whiteness as a lecture presented at Making Mirrors Conference at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst...

Divine Negress Butterfly Fans

The Goddess Project

1000 hand-fans distributed to the public with the quotation: "A butterfly flapping its wings...can generate a violent storm"-Kofi Annan...


Paint-by-number Trophies (2009) 

The statement 'you can be whoever you want to be...Prime-Minister/President, Secretary General, even an Artist'
- often goes unexamined...

Good Morning Prussia

Good Morning Prussia (Guten Morgen Preussen) is a series of handmade cyanotype photographs. It is the story of a “little Nubian boy”, August Sabac el Cher, who was given as a "gift" to a German noble due to his musical talents. 

Voices from the Heart

Urban Grafitti is carefully documented and transcribed onto Gingerbread-cookies...


Works on paper (mixed media and collage) created for the exhibition entitled Demokratie und Gewalt...

The Travel Albums


A diary of imaginary postcards with incidental notes recounting the project's journeys and strolls in texts and images collected from the public...

Codex Testimoniorum Amoris

The Book of the Witnesses of Love

-or- The Collected Accounts of the Emptoris Depicting their Experiences with the Scortæ de Genus Masculus of Landeshaupstadt München including Many Depictions of the Latter Compiled & Annotated for the Moral Education of the Good

Toiles de Jouy

All projects of the Haitian-American artist Jean-Ulrick Désert tackle the visualization of abstract ideas, such as the complex relations between private and political space...

Postcards From My Loves

NH2K / Billboards

Illuminated billboards digitally printed on textile...

The Science of Beauty

The works of The Science of Beauty consists of a series of newly imagined school-charts using transgendered and intersexed bodies from the beauty of nature.

Métamorphoses Sublimes

A video(loop) projection presented in Istanbul (Turkey) of a Belgian woman demonstrating How to construct and wear a modesty Muslim-veil fashionable among the Turkish minority in Germany. 

Jn.Ulrick Désert

Jn.Ulrick Désert

Désert's first German solo-retrospective exhibition entitled and simply abbreviated as Jn.Ulrick Désert presented at the Wolfsburg Castle (Schloßwolfsburg)) by Kunstverein-wolfsburg

Die Hosen 'runter lassen

The Haitian-American artist creatively reacts to Robert Mappelthorpes seminal and highly controversial black & white photograph Man in a Polyester Suit...

Suicidal Meditations

Photo and video-based project..

The Burqa Project

On The Borders Of My Dreams I Encountered My Double's Ghost

Four flags from four leading industrial nations, The United States of America, The United Kingdom/Great Britain, France, Germany, are used as the basis for replicating the Afghanistan hijab known as The Burqa...


Surrender comprises of two artworks, originally available as low edition multiples, La Main (The Hand) and Le Chapelet (The Rosary) ...



A beer coaster created to be distributed and used in public and private venues...


The artist in German Lederhosen constructed of leather resembling caucasian skin and blond hair, was initially deployed as an art-action in multiple European cities...

The Hip Decadence of Reductive Glamour

The artist, wearing a light tone foundation make-up as a Caucasian hipster, takes a series of self-portraits using a public photo-booth at the Paris Opera House Metro.

Tea Celine

Thé Céline

Glazed Porcelain with blue over-glazed texts (Louis-Ferdinand Céline citations in consultation with French literature scholar Prof.Thomas C. Spear, CUNY)