Maj Hasager is a Danish artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She studied photography and fine art in Denmark, Sweden and the UK, earning an MFA from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. Her work deals with power structures, identity, memory, the construction of history, and architecture, looking at how these interlinked phenomena are interpreted and represented culturally and spatially. Her artistic approach is research-based and interdisciplinary, and she works predominantly with text, sound, video and photography.
In recent years Hasager has used oral history interview techniques as a method for accumulating information relating to personal stories, a site, and historical or political matters. It allows the material to unfold itself through different voices and from different perspectives and functions as a way of mapping an area or a context. Often these interviews lay the ground for the way she makes use of narrative forms and fictional writing as a tool to address personal stories in the context of socio-political matters. The artistic process is to her a long-term commitment to people and places in order to be able to listen carefully to their personal narratives. This is in order to get a larger understanding of a specific historical and cultural background before making a visual and textual interpretation.
She has exhibited internationally at Viborg Kunsthal, DK (2015); Art Relay, GL STRAND, Copenhagen, DK (2015); We will meet in the blind spot, Galleri Image, Aarhus, DK (2015); Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art (2014); Moderna Utställningen, Moderna Museet, Malmö (2014); A Voice of One’s Own, Malmö Konstmuseum (2014); Past upon Past, Red Barn Gallery, Belfast (2013); Decembers, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (2012); and Liverpool Biennial (2010). Hasager is the programme director of Critical & Pedagogical Studies (MFA) at Malmö Art Academy and is a guest lecturer at the International Academy of Art, Palestine; Dar al-Kalima College, Bethlehem; and the University of Ulster, Belfast.