Michelle Handelman is a New York artist who makes confrontational works that explore the sublime in its various forms of excess and nothingness. Using video, photography, public sculpture and live performance she creates visceral experiences dealing with themes of sexuality, gender, desire and loss. During the 90s Handelman was based in San Francisco where she directed the feature documentary on the leather dyke scene “BloodSisters”, which was subsequently attacked by the American Family Association during the 1997 ratification of the NEA. She is the recipient of a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
Her works have shown internationally including the Pompidou Centre, Paris; ICA, London; American Film Institute; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Guangzhou 53 Art Museum, China; PEFORMA 05; Participant, Inc., NYC; San Francisco MOMA; and MIT List Visual Arts Center. Recent projects include Dorian, a cinematic perfume (Participant, Inc ; MIT List Visual Arts Center; Arthouse); The Laughing Lounge (Performa 05); and This Delicate Monster. Her fiction and critical writing appear in n. Paradoxa; A Feminist Journal (KT Press, London 2010); Inappropriate Behaviour (Serpents Tail, London 2001); Apocalypse Culture 2, (Feral House Press. LA 1992);. and Herotica 3 edited by Susie Bright (Plume Books, SF 1994). She is an associate professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. contact: email@example.com www.michellehandelman.com