Kirsten Justesen lives and works in Copenhagen. Educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1975.
Her activities comprise a wide range of genres, from body art and performance art to sculptures and installation. Justesen was part of the avant-garde scene of the 1960s, where she became a pioneering figure within the three-dimensional modes of art that incorporate the artist’s own body as artistic material. These experiments led her into investigating a feminist art which challenged traditional value systems during the 1970s. Her later works constitute broader investigations of relationships between body, space, and language.
Justesen has received a series of awards & grants, including The Eckersberg Medal 1996; Life long grant from The Danish Art Council from 1998; The Thorvaldsen Medal 2005; Represented in private and public collections, including The National Gallery of Denmark; The New Carlsberg Foundation; CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art, Denmark; The Danish Arts Foundation; Hälsingborg Art Museums, Sweden; MAN Museum Anna Nordlander, Sweden; The Verbund Art Collection, Austria; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC.
Major show in the USA : WACK Art and the feminist revolution 2007-09, MOCA, NMWA, PS1
Present exhibitions are WOMEN HOUSEa group exhibition of women artists. Monnaie de Paris, France. 20.OKT- 28.JAN 2018 and FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE 1970s at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, 18.NOV- 1.APRIL 2018