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Dara Friedman makes exuberant films and videos works exploring notions of the spatial and emotional performance of an individual across public, urban, and private spaces. Always imbued with a poetic vibrance, her works often enlist dancers or actors to play out scenes ostensibly both documentary and fictional (in a similar way to the difference between strangers and partners). In these spaces, her subjects seem to make their meaning through movement. Combining techniques within both digital and film footage, sometimes doubling the same scene using both, with an attention toward the mechanisms of an artwork’s title or installation, Friedman also pays close heed to the potential for conceptual layering in her work. In an essay for Friedman’s exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Ann Ellegood accounts, “this constant push and pull between the intellectual and the sensual, between a state of control and a state of release, has become the primary preoccupation of her filmmaking over the past several years.”

Born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, Friedman now lives and works in Miami, Florida. Her work has been the subject of numerous recent projects, including at venues such as the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Miami Art Museum, Florida; the Museum of Modern Art, New York;  The Kitchen, New York; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida among others. Friedman is represented in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Born 1968, Bad Kreuznach, Germany. Lives and works in Miami, FL


University of Miami, School of Motion Pictures, MFA, Miami, FL
The Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, United Kingdom
Städelschule, Franfurt am Main, Germany
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY


Mother Drum, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO 
Perfect Stranger, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL 
Dichter, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, Germany 
Mother Drum, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA 
Mother DrumGavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, NY

Play, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
, NY
Play, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Play, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Projecting: Films from Dara Friedman, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI

Dancer, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Play, Art Unlimited Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Hammer Projects: Dara Friedman, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Government Cut Freestyle, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Alkersum, Gemany
Dancer, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC
Dancer, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

Shooting Gallery, Number Three: Here and Now, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany
Musical, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Musical, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

Musical, Public Art Fund, New York, NY
Tigertail, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

Sunset Island, The Kitchen, New York, NY

The Wrong Gallery, New York, NY

Dara Friedman, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Dara Friedman, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland, (cat.)
Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy
Lemon Sky: Projects & Editions, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (screenings)

Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (cat.)

Dara Friedman, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY

Dara Friedman, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Total, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, NY (with Mark Handforth)

Government Cut freestyle, Miami Arts Project, Miami International Airport, Miami, FL

she is stupid, I am worried, Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Coral Gables, FL (with Mark Handforth)

Maxilla Axilla: Films by Dara Friedman, London Film-makers co-op, London, United Kingdom


Tequesta Ghost, Fringe Projects, Miami, FL

To Have and to Hold, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
Dancer, ScreenDance Miami, Inkub8, Miami, FL
Sacre de Printemps, curated by Raphael Gygax, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland

CITYDANCE: An Evening of Outdoor Screenings, As part of "City of Outdoor Screenings, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
A New View: Contemporary Art, St Louis Art Museum, St Louis, MO
Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Wshington DC (forthcoming), traveling to Mudam, Luxembourg, 2014, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, 2014
Play, Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel Switzerland
Rhythm in it - On rhythm in contemporary art, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

Grid(love)r, Andreas Melas and Helena Papadopoulos, Athens, Greece
Boros Collection #2, Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany
COSMIC LAUGHTER timewave zero, then what? Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Krauchtal, Germany
Wesleyan University, Contemporary Art Center, Middletown, CT
Untied Tastes of America: Artist's Films and Video selected by David Gryn, Double-bill screening: Musical and Dancer, 28th Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany

I Hate Karl Marx, Merry Christmas, Espacio1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Our Darkness, Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Suttgard, Germany (curated by Viktor Newman)
At Capacity, MoCA NoMi, Miami, FL

How Soon Now, Rubell Family Collection/ Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, FL
Off the Wall: Part 1 – Thirty Performative Actions, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (travels to Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal)
Greater New York: 5 year review, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY

Underwater, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
Playing the City, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Multiplex, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
Number One: Destroy, She Said, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düssledorf, Germany

Ange Leccia, Anselm Reyle, Dara Friedman, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France

Hysterical, Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf, Germany (curated by Michele Maccarone)
Never Never Landscape, Atle Gerhardsen Gallery, Berlin, Germany (curated by Kirsty Bell)
Impakt Film Festival, Utrecht, Holland
Brand New and Retro, Up Projects, London, United Kingdom (cat.)

As Heavy as the Heavens- Transformation of Gravity, Graz 2003 – Cultural City of Europe, Graz, Austria
Reg Vardy Galley, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, United Kingdom
20th Anniversary - Welcome home, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY

Inter. Play, The Moore building, Miami, FL (curated by Silvia Karman Cubina and Patrick Charpenel) (cat.)
Videodrome ll, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
There is no accounting for other people’s relationships, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Ireland
Aquaria, Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria (curated by Barbara Wall)

The Americans New Art, Barbican Gallery, London, United Kingdom (curated by Mark Sladen), (cat.)
American Academy in Rome, Italy (cat.)
Gravita Zero, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Maria Grazia Tolomeo), (cat.)

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (cat.)
Black Box, CCAC Institute, Oakland, CA (curated by Larry Rinder)
Making Time: Considering Time as a Material in Contemporary Art Film & Video, Palm, Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. CA (curated by Amy Cappelazzo) (cat.)

Heads Up, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL (curated by Bonnie Clearwater) (cat.)
Déjà vu, Art Miami, Miami, FL (curated by Amanda Cruz)
Leftover Festivities, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (curated by Clarissa Dalrymple)

New Art South Florida, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
Independing Loop, Swiss Institute, New York (curated by Annette Schindler), (cat.)

Celluloid Cave, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY (curated by Dara Friedman), (cat.)

Filmic Self-Portraits, Galerie Voges & Deisen, Frankfurt, Germany

One week's Public Teaching in Search of the Essence of Film, Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, Austria, (curated by Peter Kubelka)


Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York

Cultural Consortium Fellowship, Miami

New Forms Miami, Miami