Emily Roysdon: Sense and Sense


For ‘Sense and Sense’ Emily Roysdon collaborated with the performance artist MPA and asked her to walk on her side in Sergels torg, Stockholm’s central square and site of all political demonstrations. She focused on the vernacular movement on display in Sergels torg, contrasting it with the more theoretical and political movement enacted when the square is occupied by demonstrations, and highlighting the abstraction of the idea of “free movement” that is reflected in the history and design of the site. Shooting from above, the camera captured the illusion and struggle of movement.

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Emily Roysdon (1977) is a New York and Stockholm-based artist and writer. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic installations, print making, text, video, curating and collaborating. Roysdon developed the concept “ecstatic resistance” to talk about the impossible and imaginary in politics. The concept debuted with simultaneous shows at Grand Arts in Kansas City, and X Initiative in New York. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Her many collaborations include costume design for choreographers Levi Gonzalez, Vannesa Anspaugh and Faye Driscoll, as well as lyric writing for The Knife, and Brooklyn based JD Samson & MEN.

Recent solo projects include new commissions from Secession (Vienna), Performance Room, Tate Modern (London); PARTICIPANT, INC (NYC); If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Visual Art Center, Austin; Art in General, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Konsthall C, Stockholm; and a Matrix commission from the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley.

Roysdon’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the 2010 Whitney Biennial, New York; Greater New York at MoMA PS1; The Generational, New Museum, New York; Manifesta 8, Murcia and Cartagena, Spain; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Power Plant, Toronto; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. In 2012 Roysdon was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize, exhibiting in Kiev and the Venice Biennale.

Roysdon’s work is in the public collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and The New York Public Library’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York.

Roysdon completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001 and an Interdisciplinary MFA at UCLA in 2006.

She is a Professor of Art at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden.

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