Emily Roysdon 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 and the essay has been translated into Spanish, German, Czech, and Maori languages. 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, 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.

Emily Roysdon
Emily Roysdon
Easton, 1977

Past Exhibitions

Emily Roysdon: scenic, say

Kunsthalle Lissabon 20/05/2017 — 02/09/2017

Solo Shows

Emily Roysdon, Wiener Secession, Vienna
Emily Roysdon: If only a wave, Participant Inc, New York City, NY

Emily Roysdon – Minor Theatres + Queer Documents, Tranzitdisplay, Prague

Group Shows

The Bill: For Collective Unconscious, Artspace, Auckland
Secret Surface, Wo Sinn Entsteht, Kunst-Werke Berlin – KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Berlin
Performing The Grid, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

A Fragile But Marvelous Life, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Society Acts – Version 2. After Moderna Exhibition 2014, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga
The Heart is the Frame, LACE – Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Temperamental, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON

Framed Movements, ACCA – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VIC
The Moderna Exhibition. Society Acts, Moderna Museet Malmö, Malmö
19th Biennale of Sydney, You imagine what you desire, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
Skeptical Thoughts on Love, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Together / Apart, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Future Generation Art Prize 2012, Office 510, Kiev
Nothing is Forgotten, Some Things Considered, The Young Artists Society, Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS) , Oslo
Social Choreography, TPW – Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, ON
Photography Is, Higher Pictures, New York City, NY
Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Spanga

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Easton Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1977 Lives in: New York and Stockholm
W: Emily Roysdon M: roysdon@gmail.com