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Knut Åsdam,(Trondheim 1968) is a filmmaker, installation artist and photographer. Åsdam established his international career through the art scene in New York, where he lived for ten years, after finishing studies at Wimbledon School of Art, London (88-89), Goldsmiths College, London (89-92), Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (92-94) and at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, NYC (94-95).

Though expressed in very diverse forms, the main interest of Åsdam’s work remains a consistent concern for the manner in which each individual constructs and negotiates his or her identity while bounded by the rules and organizations of contemporary society. This sensitivity to the instability of the self often expands on the merits of queer theory and feminism, as well as language psychology and (lacanian) psychoanalysis.

His investigation of the usage and perception of public urban spaces, including their structures of political power and authority, has taken the diverse form of film, video, audio narratives, photography and architecture. The themes in Åsdam’s work are often formed through the four essential categories; ‘Speech’, ‘Living’, ‘Sexualities’ and ‘Struggle’. These concerns are often related to themes of dissidence and to analysis of space in terms of desire, usage and history. The idiosyncrasy of Åsdam’s approach to the cinematic field is created by transposing the resources of spatial and place-oriented discourses from the Fine Arts context into film. Furthermore, he adheres to a plotless narrative and an oscillation between documentary and fictional narrative elements in the films.

Åsdam has been active with screenings, exhibitions, publications and broadcast on the international art-scene for the last 15 years. His work has been shown widely at i.e. Tate Modern; Bergen Kunsthall; Tate Britain; Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Venice Biennial; Kunsthalle Bern; Istanbul Biennial; FRAC Bourgogne; MACRO, Rome; Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Manifesta7; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; P.S.1 MOMA, NYC: and Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, among others.

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