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Dafna Maimon

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Dafna Maimon (b.1982, Finland) is an artist based in Berlin, Germany. Her practice encompasses performance, participatory situations, video, and installation. Her work surveys the ways in which we handle recollections, stereotypes, and traumatic experiences into narrative settings, while sketching out strategies of subversion and self-empowerment. In particular, her work deconstructs patriarchal structures and plays with them through exaggeration and re-contextualization. Other characteristics of her practice are the study of diverse forms of community and belongingness. Her humorous and often absurd work taps deep into the human narrative, while looking for new perspectives and tools that allow for self-reflection, stillness and catharsis. Maimon has shown her work in institutions and art spaces such as Kunst-Werke (Berlin), PS1 Moma (New York), Mahj Jewish Museum (Paris), Kim Center Contemproary Art, (Riga), Künstlerhaus Bremen, Gallery Wedding (Berlin), Kunstverein Braunschweig, Centre for Contemporary Arts Uzajdowski (Warsaw), Lilith Performance Studio (Malmö), SPACE Gallery, (Portland Maine), Based in Berlin, Crikoteka, Tadeusz Kantor Center (Krakau), Video Art Midnight (Berlin), HAU 2 (Berlin), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, W139 (Amsterdam), 1646 (The Hague), Project Native Informant (London) New Orleans Film Society with Deltaworkers (New Orleans) and Le Magasin (Grenoble). Maimon holds a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and an MFA from the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam. She has been artist in resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), IASPIS (Stockholm), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NYC) and at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting, (Maine, USA). Maimon is a founding member of the artist collective Conglomerate. Since 2016 she teaches video art at Bard College Berlin.