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Madsen Minax  makes interdisciplinary art projects about individual and communal embodiment; how we form relationships with other humans in the world. Projects investigate the relationship between intimacy and violence, the nature of chosen and biological families, transformation and power struggle. Madsen's projects use tactics of documentary, improvisation, essay and magical realist approaches, and draw on his history of participation in justice oriented communities.

Madsen toured the United States as part of the music performance duet Actor Slash Model from 2006-2012, co-founded the Threat Level Queer Shorts bi-monthly screening series that ran from 2008-2010 in Chicago and Brooklyn, and performed with The Homoticons from 2009-2011. His current solo musical project is called The Great Awakener.

Madsen received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, an MFA from Northwestern University in 2012, was a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 2012-14, and a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014. In 2015 Madsen was in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and a Berlinale DOC Station participant in 2016. Most recently Madsen was a Flaherty Film Fellow, through the LEF Moving Image Foundation, 2017. 

Works have screened and exhibited at spaces including the Lincoln Center (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Anthology Film Archives (NYC), The British Film Institute, Museum of Fine Arts, (Houston) REDCAT (Los Angeles) and numerous others. Festival screenings include Outfest, Newfest, Frameline, the London Fringe Film Festival and the European Media Art Festival, to name a few, earning awards from Reeling LGBT Film Festival, Philadelphia Independent, Transcreen Amsterdam and others. Additionally, Madsen's film Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance aired on PBS (2013) and FreeSpeech TV (2012). It is now widely available through streaming outlets.

Madsen is currently a Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation fellow as well as a Queer | Arts | Mentorship fellow. He lives between Brooklyn, NY and Burlington, VT.


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