Christian Jankowski's first artist book at Edition Taube is based on the video work of the same name "Casting Jesus" from 2011.
It shows a jury of three made up of representatives of the Vatican, who chooses the perfect Jesus actor from 13 professional actors in a kind of casting show.
The renowned jury is composed of the Vatican priest Monseñor José Manuel del Rio Carrasco, the art critic of the Vatican newspaper 'L'Osservatore Romano' Sandro Barbagallo and the journalist and managing director of the Commission for Film Evaluation of the Italian Episcopal Conference Massimo Giraldi.
Under their critical eyes, the opponents perform various tasks, such as breaking bread, performing a miracle, carrying the cross or the dramatic performance of well-known quotations from Jesus.
In several casting rounds in the Complesso Santo Spirito in Sassia, the field of applicants gradually increased until a brilliant winner was finally determined. The performance could video live stream, a separate audience of 300 viewers can watch the casting.
In addition to numerous colored illustrations, the book contains a sermon by Karl-Eugen Fischer, as well as texts by John Beeson and Dirk Rustemeyer.