Chelsea Knight received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Knight completed residencies at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2010 and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2008, and was a 2007 Fulbright Fellow in Italy. She was a 2010-2011 resident at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program and a 2012 resident at Triangle Arts Association in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions include: The St. Louis Art Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Aspect Ratio Projects, Chicago, Abrons Art Center, New York, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago, and The University of Syracuse, NY. Knight has exhibited and screened her work in group shows including Nouvelle Vagues at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Anti-Establishment at Bard CCS Hessel Museum; The Young Artists' Biennial, Bucharest; the 10th Annual Istanbul Biennial; Werkschauhalle Gallery, Leipzig; Harvard University; and Art in General, NY.
My work combines documentary and fiction. I focus in particular on the way we perform ourselves in the everyday. I often work in collaboration with performers who are experts in my given field of inquiry — for instance military interrogation, tea party libertarianism, second wave feminism, etc. — and within a structured framework we collectively build improvisations about politics, power, and authorship.