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Born in Lima/Peru. Immigrated to Canada in 1988. Lives and works in Berlin as of 2002.
Visual artist, mother, filmmaker & art educator. Member of COMPA Berlin & colectivo quellcay

Education
2001 M.F.A., Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
1994 Bachelor in Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal
1991 Textile Arts Diploma, Capilano College, Vancouver
Exhibitions/screenings
2017 (upcoming) The event of a thread, Kunsthaus Dresden
Hilar una frase / Stringing words together, screening at SUSI, intercultural women’s center, Berlin
2016 Man schenkt keinen Hund, Projektraum Scriptings, Berlin
2014 ABLi @ Casa Azul, Arte Bienal en Lima
Ein Waisenhaus in China, screening at SUSI, intercultural women’s center, and Frauenkreise, transcultural women’s center, Berlin
Ein Waisenhaus in China, screening at Institut für Gender Studies und Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt University, Berlin
(solo show) Une crèche en Chine / Ein Waisenhaus in China, FRISE (artist-run center), Hamburg
2012 Acts of voicing, performance „La Hybris del Punto Cero I“ (collaboration decolonial group Berlin & Ingrid Wildi Merino), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
An orphanage in China, trailer screening, Decolonize the city! conference at Rosa-Luxemburg foundation, Berlin
2011 An orphanage in China, work-in-progress screening/artist talk, Haute école d’art et de design, Geneva
An orphanage in China, work-in-progress screening/presentation, seminar “Decolonizing Western universalisms”, Institute for European Ethnology, Berlin
Open Studio, Atelier Scherenbergstraße, Berlin
2010 Chile dulce & Pfeffis, The Forgotten Bar, Berlin
2006 Travel, Showroom, Fabrikken for Kunst og Design, Copenhagen
Dreißig Silberlinge, private collection Stefan Haupt, Berlin
2004 Cloak, screening/artist talk, summer academy “gender-memory”, Oldenburg University
2003 Embrace, screening/artist talk, Congress of Americanists, Santiago de Chile
Camarín, Espace Forde, Geneva
Schutzmuster (solo show), Galerie 35, Berlin
Embrace, screening at Abenteuer Essayfilm, Metropolis communal cinema, Hamburg
2002 Ökonomien der Zeit, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and
Migros Museum, Zurich
Belonging, screening of Embrace as part of the film program for the exhibition, Shedhalle Zurich
Embrace, screening at Cinarchea, archeology & art film festival, Kiel
2001 Transformationen,Übersetzungen, 12-18, project space Molotow, Hamburg
Get that balance, K3, Kampnagel Hamburg
1998/99 Anatomical Permutations: Ten Canadian Artists, Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato,
and Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico, D.F.
1997 De Lacrimae Rerum (solo show/artist talk), Articule gallery, Montreal
1995 Mujeres de Pelo en Pecho: 46 Latinamerican Artists, Evanston Hall, Chicago
Transgeographic Portraits (coll. with Dianna Frid), Dare-Dare gallery, Montreal
Videos
2016 Hilar una frase / Stringing words together, HD video 33 min
2014 Une crèche en Chine / An orphanage in China, HD video 30 min
2003/6 Cloak, miniDV 15 min
2001 Embrace, miniDV 10 min
Awards
2017 Berliner Projektfonds kulturelle Bildung, art project for girls with Olenka Bordo “Historias – Telling our own stories in other ways”
2003 Travel Grant, Congress of Americanists, Santiago de Chile
2001 Canada Council C-Grant
1999 Begabtenförderung (young talents award), Ditze Foundation
1998 DAAD scholarship
1997 DAAD scholarship
1995 Canada Council Explorations Grant
Publications
2005 “Die Videos Umarmung und Tarnkappe: Fäden und Knoten der Geschichtsschreibung”.
Frauen Kunst Wissenschaft, issue 39
2004 “El vídeo Abrazo y su estructura textil”. Tejiendo sueños en el Cono Sur. Textiles Andinos: Pasado, Presente y
Futuro. Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
2002 Artist text, catalogue of the exhibition Economies of time. Hans-Christian Dany, Astrid Wege (eds.), Frankfurt am Main
1998 A language of self. Webpage Borderlines/ContactZones: Latinamerica/Americas
1996 Syncretic cloth, Virgins and Colonization in the Peruvian Andes. Paper presented at symposium of the Textile Society of America, Art Institute of Chicago
Media recognition
2002 Röller, Nils. “Inkaspeicher”. Tuxamoon, Magazin für Kultur, Umwelt und Soziales. http://www.tuxamoon.de/magazine/kultur/verschiedenes/2005/04/18/inkaspeicher/
Eggel, Caroline. “Ökonomien der Zeit im Migros Museum“ Kunst-Bulletin, 1 Dec
Lintl, Manuela. “Zu kopflastig in ihrem Anspruch. Ökonomien der Zeit am Hanseatenweg“ Neues Deutschland, 18 July
1998 Ranquel, Enrique. “Examinan 10 artistas permutaciones del cuerpo humano.” Reforma 4 Oct: 4
Solórzano, Enrique. “Del cuerpo y otras razones.” Correo Oct: 19
1997 Aquin, Stéphan. “Karen Michelsen“ Voir no. 4, vol.11, January
Carpenter, Jessica. “Karen Michelsen: De Lacrimae Rerum” Espace summer, no. 40:42
Catchlove, Lucinda. “Ghostly Words: Karen Michelsen’s Vision and Veiled References” Hour n.4, vol. 5, January
Chimpén, Augusto. “La exploración visual de Karen Michelsen“ El Comercio August 3: C8; “Karen Michelsen” Art Nexus No. 26, Oct-Dec: 14
Kozinska, Dorota. “Unusual display could move you to tears” The Gazette January 31: C9
Interview with René Bouchard, Rádio Centre-Ville
1995 Aquin, Stéphan. “Dianna Frid et Karen Michelsen” Voir December
“Portraits transgéographiques” Mix Winter: 29
Further activities
06/2016 Discussion of the new German translation of Octavia Butler’s “Kindred” with translator Mirjam Nuenning, as well as Silvia Chávez and Pascal Virginie Rotter. Moderator: Iris Rajanayagam. xart splitta, Berlin
2014 – present video workshops for elementary school children in Berlin youth centers
12/2013 Begegnungen mit dem Kolonialen in der Pädagogik (Encounters with the colonial sphere in education), organization of the event with decolonial group berlin, Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolen Forschung, Humboldt University, Berlin
01/2013 – 07/2016
art workshops for children in collaboration with COMPA Berlin
06/2010 – 07/2013 organization of cultural events with Memos, association for memory cultures, Berlin: The struggle of memory against forgetting (on processes of memory in three African countries) / Palabras desencadenadas (reading series on literature, political imprisonment and memory processes through the lens of four Latin American writers)
2003 co-founded with other parents a Spanish-German, parent-run daycare in Berlin
2001 – present
freelance translator of art-related texts and film subtitles
1997 short stay in Guatemala as research for the exhibition project Maya Textiles: Visions of Identity (co-curated with Barbara Layne for Marsil Museum, Qc)