Introduction

Lea Porsager (b. 1981) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, and the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, in 2010. She began her studies as a PhD candidate at Malmö Art Academy and Lund University in September 2015. Porsager’s practice interweaves fabulation and speculation with a variety of mediums, including film, sculpture, photography, and text. Her works encompass science, politics, feminism, and esotericism.

Porsager’s recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, 2021; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2020-21; FuturDome, Milano, 2020; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, 2019; Nils Stærk, Copenhagen, 2016; Brandts, Odense, 2016; Göttingen Kunstverein, 2015; Overgaden, Copenhagen, 2015; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2015; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, 2013; and Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, 2013. Group exhibitions include National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, 2020; CCCB, Barcelona, 2019; iMAL, Bruxelles, 2019; SMK – National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, 2017; Rebuild Foundation, Chicago, 2016; Den Frie, Copenhagen, 2016, 2014; Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, Melbourne, 2015; Moderna Museet, Malmö, 2014; KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, 2014; Sorø Kunstmuseum, 2014; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 2013; and Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, 2013.

Porsager was selected as a CERN Honorary Mention for the Collide International Award in 2018. In 2012, Porsager participated in dOCUMENTA (13) with Anatta Experiment. She was awarded the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Scholarship in 2014. In 2015, Porsager partook in the 14th Istanbul Biennial: SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms as Annie Besant’s “medium,” recreating thirty-six of Besant’s watercolours from the book Thought-Forms: A Record of Clairvoyant Investigation (1905). Porsager’s earthwork and memorial Gravitational Ripples was inaugurated in June 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden, commemorating the Swedish lives lost in the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. She is represented by Nils Stærk Gallery, Copenhagen.

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