Maja Nydal is a photography-based visual artist. Her practice explores participatory forms of representation. She uses photography as a tool of emancipation through which different kinds of citizenship and community can be enacted. Majas work often renegotiate media representations working with the people in question on an alternative storyline.
This process 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.
2020 100% FREMMED? Kongens Nytorv, Denmark
2019 100%FREMMED? KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark
2017-19 100%FREMMED? Shows in 20 cities in Denmark in collaborations with art halls, municipalities and institutions across the country, including showings by Art Museum Brundlund Slot, Vejle Art Museum and Roskilde Museum For Contemporary Art, - produced in collaboration with METROPOLIS
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
2017 100%FREMMED?, Copenhagen City Hall
2016 Possible Playgrounds, Museum for Roma Culture, Bucharest
2015 100% Copenhagen, Taipei Design & City Exhibit, Taipei
2014 100% Copenhagen, The Museum of Copenhagen, Produced in collaboration with METROPOLIS, Copenhagen City Hall, and outdoor exhibitions in each of the 10 areas of the capital region.
2012 Brain Lab, Panum Institute, Copenhagen
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 Værker Der Virker, collaboration with Mette Præst, Line Møller and Ida Martin, Charlottenborg contemporary art space, Copenhagen
Grants and Awards
Artbeat Talent Prize, nomination
The Carlsberg Foundation's Portrait Award, Special Prize, Contemporary Nordic and Chinese Portrait Award
Global Campus Of Human Rights Visual Contest, 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
Publications and reviews
Journal of Transcultural Studies.
By Anne Ring, Professor at Art and Cultural Science, Copenhagen University.
Living Together, fostering cultural pluralism through the arts.
By Kim Rygiel, Professor, The Department of Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
Kunsten Nu, Kulturmonitor, Politikken, VICE, Journalisten, Jyllandsposten, Berlinske, P1, Radio 24/7, TV2.
Portrait Now, af Mikhail Ovehinnikov, museumsdirektør Fabergé Museum, St. Petersburg.
Changing Metropolis, Trevor Davies, kunstnerisk leder, Metropolis. DK
Awaiting The Bridge
Local Mythology, Ting-Chi Wang, Founder, Local Mythology, Curator Brooklyn Museum. Taiwan.
Member of BKF, The Danish Association of Visual Artists
Vice President, Institute for Intercultural Art and communication
Teacher, Engelsholm Højskole / art school Denmark.
Maja Nydal, Villa Kultur, Krausesvej 3, 2100 København Ø.