MIRIAM KONGSTAD (DK, 1991) is an artist and performer based in Berlin (DE) and Copenhagen (DK).
Her work is fuelled by a strong interest in the human body and the social and political regimes surrounding it. Her artistic output often blurs the line between performance and visual art and is a synthesis of different modalities and media, from assemblage, installation, and sculpture, to sound, poetry and performance. Next to her solo practice, she is also one part of the artist duo Bonnie & Clyde.
In her work, Kongstad utilizes socio-anthropological theories to investigate the human body and the anthropometric, with specific attention to habitual and naturalized movements and their associations in popular culture. Kongstad treats bodies as performative material; as players in systems, societies and cultures; as compasses and thermometers and as devices which direct and encode structures of everyday life.
Kongstad works with material extensions of the human body which are related to corporeal, social, biographical and representational upkeep: foods, beauty products, fashion, technology, pornography, toys, fitness equipment. Kongstad activates these materials as a way of laying bare the systems through which power is reproduced, felt and fought against on a bodily level. Recurring themes in her work include female identity, speed, technology, accumulation, sexuality, desire, vernacular and popular culture, norms and expectations.
MIRIAM KONGSTAD completed her Bachelor of Art from Universität der Künste Berlin (DE) in 2016 and holds a diploma in movement studies from Akademiet for Musik, Dans og Teater (DK). Most recently her work has been shown at Sophiensaele (Berlin, DE), Dansekapellet, (Copenhagen, DK), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, DE), PPL (New York, USA), Fundación Botín (Santander, ES), Scandinavian Institute (New York, USA), Collegium Hungaricum (Berlin, DE.), Uferstudios (Berlin, DE) as well as site-specific locations ranging from apartments and deserts to forests.