Maja Nydal is a photography-based visual artist and curator based in Copenhagen. She has a BA in Art History, Aarhus University and a MA in Culture- and Media Production, Malmö University, Sweden. She is also graduate from The Danish School of Art Photography Fatamorgana.
Maja’s work often challenge archival and media representations of a certain group of people. Her work 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 the 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
2018-19 100%FREMMED? 20 cities in Denmark including collaborations with municipalities, art halls, and libraries across the country: København, Høje Taastrup, Ballerup, Rødovre, Nykøbing Falster, Roskilde, Vejle, Sønderborg, Flensborg, Aabenraa, Esbjerg, Herning, Randers, Horsens, Silkeborg, Viborg, Aarhus, Aalborg, Skagen og Bornholm.
2018 20 days of happiness, The Danish Cultural Center, Beijing
2018 100% Copenhagen, The Danish Cultural Center, Beijing
2018 Awaiting The Bridge, outdoor exhibition in i Jincheng og Jinsha Township arranged by Local Methodology, Kinmen
2017 100% FREMMED? Copenhagen City Hall and 4 outdoor locations in the capital region: Den Røde Plads, Kvægtorvet, Islands Brygge, Amager Kulturpunkt.
2016 Possible Playgrounds, Museum for Roma Culture, Bucharest
2015 100% Copenhagen, Taipei Design & City Exhibit, Taipei
2014 100% Copenhagen, The Copenhagen City Hall
2014 100% Copenhagen, The Museum of Copenhagen, 10 culture houses and outdoor
locations, Copenhagen: Indre By, Vesterbro, Kongens Enghave, Nørrebro, Østerbro, Amager Øst, Amager Vest, Valby, Bispebjerg, Vanløse, og Brønshøj-Husum.
2012 Brain Lab, Panum Instituttet, Copenhagen
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Portræt Nu! Carlsberg Foundation Portrait Award, The Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark, and Ljungbergmuseet, Sweden
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, Folkets Park, Malmö.
Grants and Awards
Global Campus Of Human Rights Visual Contest 2017, Winning portrait, Promoted at regional programmes of the Global Campus in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Caucasus, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South East Europe
The Carlsberg Foundation's Portrait Award, Special Prize, Contemporary Nordic and Chinese Portrait Award; The Museum of National History
Life Framer, A World Of Cultures, First Prize, ClampArt Gallery New York, Menier Gallery London, RPS Gallery Tokyo
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, The Cultural Centre of Bucharest