Nanna Debois Buhl is a visual artist who lives and works in Copenhagen and New York. Her practice investigates historical and cultural knowledge seen through botany, animal life, imagery, and architecture. Through photographic “close readings” her projects reflect on how artifacts and ideologies are interrelated, how they travel through, and change over time. She works with a conceptual and experimental approach to the photographic medium, and by using historical and new photographic techniques she connects what is depicted in her images to how they are made. Her projects materialize in several forms and scales: as photographs, installations, films, site-specific works in public space, and artist’s books.
Buhl participated in The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, New York (2008-09) and received her M.F.A. from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2006). Her installations and films have been exhibited at institutions such as the Pérez Art Museum, FL; SculptureCenter, NY; Art in General, NY; The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; El Museo del Barrio, NY; Lunds Konsthall, Sweden; ARKEN Museum of Modern Art; Kunsthal Charlottenborg; Kunsthallen Brandts; Museum for Contemporaty Art, Roskilde; and Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Denmark, the Museum for Contemporary Art, Vejle Kunstmuseum, and The National Museum of Photography, Denmark. She has created several large-scale public works commissioned by Percent for Art, NY and The Danish Arts Council.
Selected writing on the work of Nanna Debois Buhl:
Nattevandringer ud i det blå
by Rune Gade, Information, 2014
by Jen Kennedy, Street Haunting, 2012
In Your Words / Nanna Debois Buhl & Brendan Fernandes
by Amanda Parmer, Art in America, 2011
City Grammar / Nanna Debois Buhl & Liz Linden
by Sarah Lookofsky, Artforum.com, 2011
by Johanna Burton, A Journey in Two Directions, 2010
When an Artist Writes: Poetry and Nanna Debois Buhl’s Journey in two Directions
by Jill Magi, jillmagisblog.blogspot.com, 2010
Evidence of Circumstance: Virgin Island Scenario
by Thomas J. Lax, exhibition text, The Studio Museum Harlem, 2009