January – May 2023
Michala Paludan is an artist based in Denmark. Her work is focused on how power is produced, manifested, and negotiated throughout political landscapes, influencing how our perception of society is constructed with the interactions of photographs, collections, exhibition design, and activism. In Paludan’s previous work, often by the form of installations, she has worked with Nordic women’s rights movements in relation to labor and the financial crisis through the lens of satire. At 18th Street, Paludan will work on expanding the archive of Kalliope, Kleio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thaleia, and Urania, which consists of recorded conversations and photos documenting the working conditions of female identified artists across the globe.
Paludan’s solo exhibitions include: Life Without, Primer, Lundtofte (2018); White flushing to red…, Years, Copenhagen (2016); Leisure for All, metro pcs, Los Angeles (2014); and Lanx Satura, Henningsen Gallery, Copenhagen (2013). In addition, her group exhibitions include: The Berman Board, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Motherload, Skovsnogen, Kibæk (2018); Drag Kings, Phantoms, Mirrors, Hands…, Sixtyeight Art Institute, Copenhagen (2017) ; I Taste the Future – LIAF 2017, Henningsvær (2017); Routine Pleasures, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2016); Our Work, Lunds Konsthall, Lund (2016); The Moderna Exhibition – Society Acts, Moderna Museet, Malmö (2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); Arbeidstid, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2013); The Hollow Center, Smack Mellon, New York (2013). Paludan is on the board of UKK, a fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program, and received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, while previously attending the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
This residency is generously funded by the Danish Arts Foundation.