Deignan Michelle Biography

Michelle Deignan makes video, film, installation, photographic and print works, for gallery exhibition, cinema and for other screening contexts. These works critically examine the production and dissemination of culture now and historically, touching on subjects such as local and international identity, nationalism, feminism, class politics and aesthetics. Many of her works have looked at the depiction and comprehension of public space and landscape. Using film and video she creates factual and fictional narratives that present alternative experiences of land, place and identity.

Solo Exhibitions and Screenings

  • Breaking Ground, Northampton Socialist Film Club, UK
  • Breaking Ground, London Irish Centre, UK
  • Breaking Ground, Still We Work, Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland; St Johns Theatre, Listowel, Ireland
  • Breaking Ground, Chicago Irish Film Festival, USA
  • Breaking Ground, Rio Cinema, London, UK; Belfast Film Festival, UK
  • Michelle Deignan, Trajector Art Fair, Hotel Bloom, Brussels, Belgium
  • Her Fanciful Digression, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  • Breaking Ground, Tricycle Cinema, London, UK; The Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland; The Model Gallery, Sligo, Ireland; The New York Irish Centre, New York, USA; Irish Film Institute, Dublin, Ireland; Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
  • Revolution, Artists Taking the Lead, Bus-Tops, Cultural Olympiad Public Art Project, London, UK
  • Posing as a subject amongst subjects, Maria Stenfors, London, UK
  • Michelle Deignan — To Camera, Festivela, Gallery Vela, London, UK
  • After the fact, The LAB, Dublin, Ireland
  • Il Cittadino, Five Years, London and Milton Keynes Gallery, UK
  • Michelle Deignan, Scolt Head Screenings, London, curated by Isobel Harbison and Vanessa Declaux UK
  • 15:1, Five Years Gallery, London, UK
  • The Influencing Machine, The Art Hive, Cork and The Berkeley Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Michelle Deignan, Third Degree, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, selected by Aileen McKeogh and Alistair Mclennan

Group Exhibitions and Screenings

  • The Crown Letter,
  • Cutlog July Screening Programme,
  • Society Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • The Brink and Shorts, Aros Cinema, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland curated by Site Collective
  • Ways to Speculate, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK, curated by Charlotte Procter and Angelica Sule
  • Hunger, 5yrsly Video, London, UK
  • Essex Road V, Tintype Gallery, London, UK
  • Architecture at the Edge, Palas Cinema, Galway, Ireland
  • Vertical Thoughts (two person screening with Ernie Gehr) Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin curated by Cliona Harmey
  • Zero Recoil Damage, Folkstone Trienniale Fringe, UK
  • The Future is Another Country, AMINI Film Festival, MAC, Belfast, UK, curated by Rana Öztürk
  • Defensible Space, AMINI Film Festival, MAC, Belfast, UK
  • Les Rencontres Internationale Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
  • Les Rencontres Internationale, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France
  • Artworks, Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland, selected by Annie Fletcher
  • Another Version of Events: Remote…Remote, Liverpool Bienniale, FACT, Liverpool, UK
  • Les Rencontres Internationale, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France
  • Les Rencontres Internationale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
  • Tulca: Sea Change, Galway, Ireland, curated by Mary Cremin
  • Credits and Acknowledgements, Birkbeck School of Arts, London, UK, curated by Lucy Reynolds
  • Prelude Speaker, Contemporary Castletown House, Ireland, curated by Dawn Williams
  • CAN DO: Women’s Art Library Magazine Archive, Chelsea Space, London, UK, curated by Maria Walsh
  • Postcard Views, 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, India, curated by Carmen Billows
  • Infrastructural Objects, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK curated by Maeve Connolly
  • The LUX and Cranford Collection Present: The World Turned Upside Down, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
  • Boom Bang II, Zagare Fringe Festival, Lithuania, curated by Catherine Hemelryk and Carmen Billows
  • Public Space Ltd., Athens Media Art Festival, Greece, curated by Thomas Munz
  • Les Rencontres Internationales, Haus den Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
    h5. Boom Bang, NN Contemporary, Northampton, UK
  • Les Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
  • This Fanciful Digression, Black Maria, Central St. Martins, London
  • This Fanciful Digression, CAN Neuchatel, Switzerland
  • Chekov’s Gun, g39, Cardiff, Wales
  • Not in the corners, Maria Stenfors, London, UK, curated by Rosalie Doubal and Matt Carter
  • Spectral Metropole, Vzigalica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, curated by Ken Pratt
  • Space Shift, Maria Stenfors, London, UK
  • Spelling the Myth, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Scotland, curated by Agent Ria
  • Event-Site: on The Place of Artists’ Cinema, Picture This, Bristol, UK, curated by Maeve Connolly
  • Based on a true story, Artsway, New Forest, UK curated by Peter Bonnell
  • Oneiriography, Green on Red, Dublin, Ireland, curated by Chris-Fite Wassilak
  • Moody, Trajector Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium

Deignan Michelle


Film, installation, photography, video

Irish artist born in 1970 in Dublin, Ireland. 

London, United Kingdom
Actualité, aliénation, cinéma expérimental, conceptuel, culture, culture populaire, environnement, famille, féminisme, frontières, histoire de l'art, humour, illusion, ironie, médias, narration, nature, nostalgie, politique, représentation, romantisme, science fiction, société, surveillance, urbanisme

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