Jens Haaning (born 1965) is a Danish conceptual artist living and working in Copenhagen.
Haaning has produced a body of artworks since the 1990’s, which – when seen together – offers an acute reflection of a complex and changing society in the West. The works address the existing structures of power and communication in the global society and necessitate a debate around subjects such as migration, displacement, gender equality, nationalism, and other aspects related to our coexistence.
Often the works consist of interventions in institutional structures or in a public space. Examples of these are: ‘Middelburg Summer 1996’ (1996), which was a temporary relocation of a factory employing immigrant workers to the exhibition space De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands, and ‘Turkish Jokes’ (1994) a sound piece with a tape-recording of jokes, told by Turks in their native language, which was played in a public square in Oslo, Norway.