Michel Auder was born in Soissons, in the north of France in 1945. He began making films in Paris in the early 1960s. In 1969 he purchased a Sony Portapak, the first portable video camera, embarking upon his long running career as a video maker.
At once poetic and critical, cruel and confessional, internationally known French artist Michel Auder’s casually virtuosic videos have for over five decades disrupted traditional perceptual habits of moviegoers and art audiences alike, subverting notions of filmic narrative and process. Employing new video formats as they become available, the New York based Auder has produced short and feature films, video installations and photography that transgress genres, borrowing from art history, literature, commercial television, and experimental cinema, and was most recently featured at the documenta 14, and 2014 Whitney Biennial, Frans Hals Museum Haarlem, The Netherlands, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France, documenta 13.
Michel Auder has been a faculty member at Yale University School of Art since 2005, and was selected by the 2016 DAAD’s Berliner Künstlerprogramm’s jury for a one-year visual art residency. He participated at dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012, and documenta 14 in 2017, as well as the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Retrospective at 11th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva; Frans Hals Museum Haarlem, The Netherlands, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France,The Feature, Berlin, London and Denmark Film Festivals. Solo exhibition include: Video, Film, Photography 1969-2001, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo; Retrospective 1969-2002, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; Lund Kunsthalle Lund; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; Portikus, Frankfurt; Établissment d’Enface Projects; Culturegest, Lisbon.