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Madsen Minax  comes from a family of sawmill workers in rural Northern Michigan. After having lived in Chicago, Houston and Memphis, he now lives in Vermont, where he teaches video art. 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 residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and in 2017 he will be a Flaherty Film Fellow, through the LEF Moving Image Foundation.

Madsen’s interdisciplinary art projects have to do with ideas about indivual and communal embodiment, how we form relationships with other humans in the world. Projects approach broad philosophical interests like intimacy, violence, death and human transformation, the nature of chosen and biological families, and abject erotics. Social justice oriented projects think about the prison industrial complex, whiteness, and queer and trans embodiment. Film and video projects often use science fiction, fantasty, and magical realist appraoches. 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, and performed with The Homoticons from 2009-2011.

Hiz works have screened and exhibited at spaces including 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, BFI Flare and the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, to name a few, with awards earned 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 Fandor, Amazon, iTunes and the like.

Madsen was a Berlinale Talents DOC Station participant in 2016, was the recipient of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Long Prize (2014), the Warhol Foundation's Idea Fund (2013), The Chicago Instructional Technology Fund (2012), and multiple grants from the Chicago Cultural Center and the Illinois Arts Council. During 2017-2018 he will be the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation fellow. Madsen holds the rank of Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont, living and working between Brooklyn, NY and Burlington, VT.


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