Emily Roysdon (1977) is a New York and Stockholm based artist and writer. Her working
method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic
installations, print making, text, video, curating and collaborating. Roysdon developed
the concept "ecstatic resistance" to talk about the impossible and imaginary in politics. The
concept debuted with simultaneous shows at Grand Arts in Kansas City, and X Initiative in
New York. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective,
LTTR. Her many collaborations include costume design for choreographers Levi Gonzalez,
Vannesa Anspaugh and Faye Driscoll, as well as lyric writing for The Knife, and Brooklyn based
JD Samson & MEN.
Roysdon's work has been shown at the 2010 Whitney Biennial; Greater NY at MoMA/PS1;
The Generational, New Museum (NY); Manifesta 8; Participant, Inc. (NY); Museo Tamayo
(Mexico City); Power Plant (Toronto); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte
Reina Sofia (Madrid). Recent solo projects include new commissions from Performance Room, Tate Modern (London), Visual Art Center (Austin), Art in General (NY), The Kitchen (NY), Konsthall C (Stockholm) and a Matrix commission from the Berkeley Art Museum. Her videos have been screened widely and her writings have been published in numerous books and magazines.
Roysdon completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001 and an
Interdisciplinary MFA at UCLA in 2006. She has received grants and residencies from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2010), Franklin Furnace (2009), Wexner Center for the Arts (2009), Art Matters (2008), and the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS, 2008). In 2012 she was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize.
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