Sidsel Meineche Hansen
20 September 2019 – 8 December 2019
Opening: Thursday 19 September, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Chisenhale Gallery presents a new commission by Sidsel Meineche Hansen, exploring London as a ‘surveillance capitalist’ city.

Meineche Hansen’s work focuses on the industrial complex that connects virtual and robotic bodies to human labour within the pharmaceutical, pornographic and tech-industries. Her work combines computer generated imagery and virtual reality production with drawing, ceramics, photography, woodcut prints and sculpture.

Central to the exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery is a new video installation that explores the growing economy built on the monetisation of personal and behavioural data. Based on reverse engineering of application-based interfaces and privacy policies from licensed products, such as sex robots and role-playing video games, the work combines footage shot in London with computer-generated images. The video will be presented alongside new photographic and sculptural works.

As part of the commissioning process, a series of discursive events have been programmed in collaboration with Meineche Hansen and will run throughout her exhibition. Meineche Hansen’s exhibition will continue Chisenhale Gallery’s Commissions Programme for 2019, which includes new commissions by artists Ghislaine Leung, Mandy El-Sayegh and Ima-Abasi Okon. Through her work, Meineche Hansen explores issues relating to new discourses on institutional critique, labour, desire and value, themes that recur throughout Chisenhale Gallery’s programme for 2019.


Sidsel Meineche Hansen lives and works in London. Selected solo exhibitions include: An Artists Guide to Stop Being an Artist, SMK - The National Gallery of Denmark (2019); Real Doll Theatre, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; End-user, Kunsthal Århus, Denmark; OVER, Index Stockholm, Sweden (2018); OVER, Ludlow 38, New York City (2017); No Right Way 2 Cum, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; SECOND SEX WAR, Gasworks, London (both 2016); ONE-self, Temporary Gallery & Kunstler House Bremen, Germany (2015); and INSIDER, CUBITT, London (2014). 

Sidsel Meineche Hansen’s exhibition is commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London.

Sidsel Meineche Hansen’s commission is produced with support from the Chisenhale Gallery Commissions Fund. With additional support from Mark Hix and HIX Restaurants. With thanks to Rodeo, London/Piraeus.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Commissions Programme 2019 is supported by the Luma Foundation. Chisenhale Gallery’s Talks and Events Programme 2019 is supported by Brian Boylan and forms part of Chisenhale Gallery’s Engagement Programme. With additional support from the Engagement Programme Supporters’ Circle.

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