Studio Nanna Debois Buhl

palace enterprise
Vester Farimagsgade 6
1606 Copenhagen, Denmark

Nanna Debois Buhl is a visual artist whose practice draws connections across time periods and between micro and macro perspectives. Through studies spanning plants and particles, clouds and computer memory she connects scientific, aesthetic, and speculative perspectives in order to nurture attentiveness to materials and to tell counter-histories. Her work materializes as photographs, weavings, installations, films, algorithm-based works, artist’s books, and site-specific works in public space. She has a conceptual and experimental approach to her chosen media, and by combining historical and new technologies she connects what is addressed in her works to how they are made. Her practice can thus be considered to be speculative time travel through matter and meaning.

Buhl is a Mads Øvlisen PhD fellow in artistic practice at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Copenhagen University, Denmark and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA (2019-). She participated in The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, New York (2008-09) and received her MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2006). Her work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Pérez Art Museum, FL; SculptureCenter, NY; The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; El Museo del Barrio, NY; Bucharest Biennial 7, Romania; Lunds Konsthall, Sweden; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; ARKEN Museum of Modern Art; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark. Her work is in the collections of the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Hasselblad Foundation and Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; ARKEN Museum of Modern Art; the National Museum of Photography; Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde and Vejle Kunstmuseum, Denmark. She has created several large-scale public works commissioned by Percent for Art, NY and The Danish Arts Council. Commissioned by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, she has recently finished a large site-specific public work for the Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, AUH.

Selected writing on the work of Nanna Debois Buhl

Nanna Debois Buhl: Kosmiske billeder
by Lisbeth Bonde,, 2020

Nanna Debois Buhl genopdager astro-videnskabens kvindelige pionerer
by Ditte Vilstrup Holm,, 2020

Exposed Terrain
a conversation between Lucy Gallun and Nanna Debois Buhl, intervals and forms of stones of stars, 2017

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,, 2011

On Wandering
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,, 2010

Evidence of Circumstance: Virgin Island Scenario
by Thomas J. Lax, exhibition text, The Studio Museum Harlem, 2009

Selected interviews

Picture the Sky
podcast by Bloom Festival, 2020

Nanna Debois Buhl’s Stellar Spectra
two podcasts by Fotografisk Center, 2020

Time Travelling with Photography
video interview by Louisiana Channel, 2019

Palm Tree Studies in South Tyrol and Beyond
video interview by B-A-U, 2016