Dafna Maimon (FI/ IL b. 1982 in Borgå, Finland) lives in Berlin and works with performance, video and ‘immersive performance-installations.
The ongoing research behind Maimon’s practice, is concerned with expressions of both individual and communal psychologies. Through these works, Maimon tells illogically composed, and at times absurd stories that challenge stereotypical readings of human being, focusing on themes like play, trauma, memory, empathy, the unclear borders of identity, family, and self-awareness in the digital age. Maimon’s works can be described as emotional landscapes, something they depict, but also something they are, as mostly they require a group of people, whether it be collaborators, co-creators or the audience to actively participate in them as an integral part of the work. Her practice therefore studies the very same elements it materializes through; affect-based constructions and their economies.
She has shown her work in institutions and art spaces such as Kunst-Werke (Berlin), PS1 Moma (New York), Mahj Jewish Museum (Paris), Kim Center Contemproary Art, (Riga), SPACE Gallery, (Portland Maine), Gallery Wedding (Berlin), Kunstverein Braunschweig, Centre for Contemporary Arts Uzajdowski (Warsaw), Lilith Performance Studio (Malmö), Based in Berlin, Crikoteka, Tadeusz Kantor Center (Krakau), HAU 2 (Berlin), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, W139 (Amsterdam), 1646 (The Hague), Project Native Informant (London) New Orleans Film Society with Deltaworkers (New Orleans) and Le Magasin (Grenoble). Maimon holds a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and an MFA from the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam. She has been artist in resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin 2015), IASPIS (Stockholm 2014), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NYC 2012) and at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting, (Maine 2008). Maimon is a founding member of the artist collective Conglomerate. Since 2016 she teaches video art at Bard College Berlin.