Molly Haslund graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (2000-2005) and Glasgow School of Art (MFA, 2003-2005).
Haslund works in the intersection between sculpture, installation and performance, integrating elements from pop culture, performing arts, literature and music into a multifaceted artistic practice. Through various strategies, Haslunds’ work explores how ideas, identities and social hierarchies are intimately connected with, and continuously negotiated through, bodily gestures, rituals, social designs and arrangements of our physical surroundings.
In her performances, she occasionally integrates biographic elements from her upbringing in the westernmost countryside of Jutland, often with a humorous touch, as well as elements from the lives of famous and less famous artists and performers. With her interest in physicality related to history, social environment and the present moment, her pieces are rarely constructed or performed the same way twice but are usually developed locally or adapted to new locations in dialog with the given context.
Haslund has been engaged in a number of international collaborations. With the artist duo Lone Twin and four other international artists, she developed and staged performances between 2006-2010, touring all over Europe. Between 2006 and 2013, she developed a series of performances as Molly and Me with British performer Catherine Hoffmann, staged in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Leipzig and Copenhagen.
In 2014 Haslund was Artist in Residence through Danish Arts Council in the international residency program ISCP in New York City, where she developed and performed Rhythm One Choreography with audience members for the Contemporary Performance Special Effects Festival at Participants Inc. Manhattan, among other collaborative activities.
Lately the core of her practice has been her interactive sculptures and functional objects – as the selection exhibited at MOMA, Roskilde, Denmark (2013) and the sculpture park Wanås Konst, Sweden (season 2014) Alongside Haslund has developed solo performances investigating music in relation to existential and cultural issues.
In 2015 Haslund was Artist in Residence at Flux Factory(NYC), and in Munic, Germany she did a residency and soloshow at Gallerie FOE.
'I often construct a real but humorous and absurd universe in my work. Through these I depict joys and conflicts in the paradoxes that exist in commonplace objects and situations, in cultural rituals, music and pop culture. Through constructed challenges and personal statements I aim to create new poetic understandings and visual tableaux of joyful melancholy'