Maja Nydal is a photography-based visual artist. Her work often challenge archival and media representations of a certain group of people. Majas praksis is based on fieldwork and co-creation with the participants to open up a free zone, where their stories are told anew. The projects develops a third language - neither how Maja nor the participants see themselves - but negotiated realities, where "status quo storytelling" is interrupted by the people in question.
This process often goes far beyond creating images and also includes workshops, educational programs and live storytelling by the participants. To get a larger audience engaged in the new storyline the showings include, city halls, libraries, cultural centers, outdoor locations and art halls.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 100%FREMMED? KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad 100%FREMMED? Silkeborg, Denmark
2017-19 100%FREMMED? 20 cities in Denmark in collaborations with art halls, municipalities and institutions across the country, including Brøndum Slot Art Museum, Vejle Art Museum and Roskilde Museum For Contemporary Art
2018 Dongcheng Happyness Map, The Danish Cultural Center, Beijing
2018 100% Copenhagen, The Danish Cultural Center, Beijing
2018 Awaiting The Bridge, outdoor exhibition in i Jincheng Township arranged by Local Methodology, Kinmen, Taiwan
2016 Possible Playgrounds, Museum for Roma Culture, Bucharest
2015 100% Copenhagen, Taipei Design & City Exhibit, Taipei
2014 100% Copenhagen, The Museum of Copenhagen, Copenhagen City Hall, and outdoor exhibitions in each of the 10 areas of the capital region.
2012 Brain Lab, Panum Institute, Copenhagen
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Portrait Now! The Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark, Ljungbergmuseet, Sweden
2016 A World Of Cultures, ClampArt Gallery New York, Menier Gallery London, RPS Gallery Tokyo
2016 Copenhagen Photo Festival
2015 Bucharest Microtopias, ARCUB, contemporary art space, Bucharest
2012 The Artists’ Autumn Exhibition (KE), censured group exhibition, Den Frie, Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
2011 Fragments, Fatamorgana Graduate Exhibition, Gallopperiet, Copenhagen
2011 Indoors//Outdoors, collaboration with Simone Lilmoes, Copenhagen Photo Festival; Bjerget, By og Havn, Dansk Industri, Copenhagen
2009 ARTUR, collaboration with Mette Præst, Line Møller and Ida Martin, Charlottenborg,
Tap 1 Carlsberg, Roskilde Festival, Copenhagen
Grants and Awards
The Carlsberg Foundation's Portrait Award, Special Prize, Contemporary Nordic and Chinese Portrait Award
Global Campus Of Human Rights Visual Contest 2017, Winning portrait.
Life Framer, A World Of Cultures, First Prize
Support by the Danish Arts Council, Intercultural Center, Knud Højgaards Fond for 100% FREMMED?
Support by the Danish Arts Council for Dongcheng Happyness Map, Beijing
2018 Institute For Provocation, Beijing
2017 ARCUB, Bucharest