Born 1964, Inglewood (NZ). Lives and works in Berlin (DE)
Michael Stevenson uses historical research and reconstruction to produce installations and artworks that index social, economic, and ideological global forces. His works frequently bring viewers into contact with the material and tangible consequences of such forces and the physical realities they produce.
Stevenson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 1986. Based in Berlin since 2000, his work has been in included in international exhibitions including the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018); the 6th Berlin Biennale (2010); the 2nd Athens Biennial (2009) and the 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2006). In 2003 Stevenson was selected as New Zealand’s representative at the 50th Venice Biennale, exhibiting This is the Trekka at the New Zealand pavilion. Significant exhibitions include: Disproof Does Not Equal Disbelief, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2021); Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne (2019), 21st Biennale of Sydney, Carriageworks, Sydney (2018) and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2018); Signs & Wonders, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2015), Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2016), Carl Freedman Gallery, London (2016); The Chronicle of Interventions, Tate Modern, London (2013) and A Life of Crudity, Vulgarity, and Blindness, Portikus, Frankfurt (2012).
In 2006 Stevenson was the Capp St. resident artist at the Wattis Institute CCA in San Francisco and in he 2002 was awarded the New Zealand residency programme at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.