Michelle Eistrup is a visual artist, and initiator of artistic collaborations who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Eistrup’s art incorporates themes of identity, corporeality, faith, memory, and post-colonialism, where her transnational background (Danish, Jamaican, American) is sometimes a point of departure. She traverses varied artistic expressions that include photography, drawing, video, sound, and performance, all integrated in practice led by the spirit and a strong belief in collectivity's transformative potential. Rooted in a vibrant global arts community, she has exhibited internationally and organized events that facilitate in-depth dialogue and research between artists, writers, and curators, for the overall purpose of encouraging a more integrated, sensitive, and equitable creative exchange.
Eistrup has exhibited in art institutions and galleries in Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa, including institutions such as Aarhus Art Museum; AGWA, Art Gallery of Western Australia(Perth, Australia); Arnolfini (Bristol, England); Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen); Galleri Image (Aarhus); Momentum: The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art (Moss, Norway); The Japanese Palace (Dresden, Germany); Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum (Norway); Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden); Sparwasser HQ (Berlin. Germany); Pingyao Photography Festival, (Shanxi, China); The Taitu International Art Center (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), and The National Gallery of Jamaica (Kingston, Jamaica).
She curated BAT, Bridging Art and Text Workshop and Seminar, together with coordinator Annemari B. Clausen, and BAT (3 volume publication, 800 pgs.) (2012-2018) Eistrup also co-curated NotAboutKarenBlixen with curator Brooke Minto and Face à Face with curator and artist Amadou Kane Sy for My World IMAGES (2010).