b. 1973, Connecticut, U.S.; lives and works in New York, U.S.
Jill Magid is a multifaceted artist, writer, and filmmaker from the U.S. Rooted in a conceptual art tradition, Magid's practice revolves around performances that examine the intricate dynamics of power structures. With a keen focus on the emotional, philosophical, and legal tensions that arise between institutions and individual agency, she delves into the complexities inherent in these relationships. One defining aspect of Magid's work is her inclination to establish personal connections with governmental systems of power. By immersing herself within these institutions, such as police and intelligence agencies, she probes the very foundations of authority and challenges them on a deeply human level. Through these intimate engagements, Magid investigates the nuances and contradictions within these systems, unravelling the often overlooked aspects of individual agency within institutional frameworks. In addition to her explorations of governmental power, Magid's projects extend to contested domains of corporate control, bureaucratic processes, and legal frameworks. By intervening in these arenas, she shines a critical light on the mechanisms that shape and regulate society, inviting reflection and dialogue around the complexities of these systems.
Jill Magid's recent solo exhibitions include The Migration of the Wings, M Leuven, Leuven (2023); Labor Days, LABOR, Mexico City (2022); Woman with Sombrero: The Barragán Archives, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2022); FOCUS: Jill Magid, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth (2022); Tender: Public Art Commission, Creative Time, New York (2020); A Letter Always Arrives at its Destination, MUAC, Mexico City (2017); The Proposal, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (2016); Ex-Voto, LABOR, Mexico City (2016); Quartet, South London Gallery, London (2014); Homage, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich (2014); and The Status of the Shooter, Yvon Lambert, Paris. Recent group exhibitions include Beyond a Certain Point There Is No Return, Tlön Projects, Rotterdam (2023); Worlds of Networks, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2022); Reassembly, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (2021); Lost in America, n.b.k., Berlin (2020); Solidarity, Qalandiya International IV, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2018); Art in the Age of the Internet: 1989 to Today, ICA Boston, Boston (2018); Floating Worlds. The 14th Biennale De Lyon, Lyon (2017); Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Eyes on the street, Cincinnati Art Museum, Pier 54, High Line, New York (2014); and The Built Enviroment, Mixer Gallery, Istanbul; Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014).
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