Photo: Kavian Borhani

Lea Guldditte Hestelund (she/her)
Born 1983 in Esbjerg, Denmark

Short Bio:
Lea Guldditte Hestelund is a visual artist educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, 2015, DK, and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 2012-13, DE. Hestelund often creates physical fictions unfolded in installations and interdisciplinary collaborations, where the sculptural body can be literature, scent or music. She is currently working on a large scale public piece for Køge University Hospital, commissioned by The New Carlsberg Foundation, the piece is due to be installed 2025-26.
Hestelund has been awarded by Aage and Yelva Nimbs Fond Honorary Grant, and Estate Ferlov Mancoba Honorary Grant, 2020. In 2018 Hestelund received the 3 Years working Grant given by The Danish Arts Foundation.

Amongst others Hestelund has exhibited at Aldea-Center of Contemporary Art, Design, and Technology, NO, Eduardo Secci Gallery, Italy, and Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, DK, and participated in group shows at Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen Contemporary, Arken Museum of Modern Art, DK, the National Museum of Stettin, Poland, Fused Space, San Francisco, US, and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, DK.


2024: Olympiques, Frac, Marseille, FR
2024: Solo show, Gallery 2112, Copenhagen, DK

Solo & Duo shows:
Hissy Fit, solo, Politikens Forhal, Cph, DK
Consumed Future Spewed Up as Present Vol. II, solo, Aldea-Center of Contemporary Art, Design, and Technology, Bergen NO
cleanstep, artist duo oVo, GL Strand, Cph, DK
Little ASJC x Little KA, Presentation Art Sonje Center, Seoul, ROK
oVo, artistduo oVo w Birk Bjørlo, HFKD, Holstebro, DK
Soft Utopia, solo at The Project Room of Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence, IT
The Compensators for POLYNORM, outdoor solo presentation, Øregårdsparken, Gentofte, DK
Consumed Future Spewed Up as Present, solo show, Overgaden. Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK
Dinner for Louise, duo show w. Christine Overvad Hansen, Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK
Somebody put baby in a corner, solo show, Værelset, Copenhagen, DK
Ursuppe, duo show with Birk Bjørlo, Treignac Projet, FR

Selected group exhibitions:
The Birth Keeper Altar, Collega, Copenhagen, DK
Suspension of Disbelief, TANK Shanghai, Shanghai, China

Maternity leave

Sweet to Tongue and Sound to Eye, Augustiana Art Park & Art Gallery, Augustenborg, DK
Vor den Bildern. Fotografie als Inspiration, Neuer Kunstraum, Düsseldorf, DE
Marmor, Kunsten Museum, Aalborg, DK
Kvinder i opbrud, Arken Museum, DK

Poet Slash Artist, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, DK, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist & Sissay Lemn
Go Extreme, Kunsthal Aarhus, DK & Art Sonje Center, Seoul
Hummings, KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces, curated by Fulya Erdemci and Ulrikke Neergaard, DK
Celeste, contemporary Gesamtkunstwerk w/ August Rosenbaum, CTM and Ea Verdoner, Copenhagen Contemporary, DK
Art of Sport, Copenhagen Contemporary, DK

Billboard Festival 2020, Istanbul, TR
Interdimensionale, Groupshow, Herlevgaard
Summer exhibition, groupshow, Horsens Art Museum, DK

Maternity leave

Writing of Bodies, groupshow, Den Frie, Cph, DK
Living in the Present Future, Bornholm Art Museum & Museum Narodowe w Szczecinie (The National Museum of Stettin, Poland
The Arena of the Body, Arken Museum, Ishøj, DK
Time Matters, curated by Sara Lysgaard, Gether Contemporary, DK
Fra klassisk til queer (Classic towards queer), J. F. WIllumsen Museum, Frederikssund, DK

ENVASE, colab. with Xenia Xamanek, OK Corral, Copenhagen, DK
The object is to change the soul, Heartland Festival, curated by Iben Elstrøm, Egeskov, DK
SuperSet, Fused Space, curated by Jessica Silverman & Glen Helfand, San Francisco, US
Vibrant Matter, SAK, curated by Nanna Stjernholm Jepsen & Stine Kähler, Svendborg, DK

Cool, Calm, and Collected, ARoS Art Museum, Aarhus, DK
EROKTIK: Revisit, Overgaden. Institution of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK
The Encounter of Bodies, Ystad Art Museum, Ystad, SE

Performing the Subject (portraits), performance, ARoS Art Museum, Aarhus, DK
Thingness, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund, DE
Public Intimacy, Parallel Vienna, Vienna, AT
Allesverloren, SØ, Copenhagen, DK
Like staring into a bucket of pigment, After Howl, Brussels, BE
Encounters with memory, metamatic:taf, Athens, GR

Oceans Breath Salty, CompleteBody, NYC, USA
WOD for plaster casts, performance at SMK Fridays, The Royal Cast Collection - National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, DK
MFA Degree Show 2015, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK
Discobolus – et performanceforedrag om den ultimative form, Performance in the Exhibition Koøje of Danish Artist Fos, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK

Grants and Collections:

ARKEN Museum
Horsens Art Museum
The Danish Arts Foundation
Bech Risvig Collection

Aage and Yelva Nimbs Fond Honorary Grant
Estate Ferlov Mancoba Honorary Grant

3 Years working Grant given by The Danish Arts Foundation

Working Grant - The Danish Arts Foundation
Artist in Residence, Nordic Artists' Centre Dale, Dale, NO

The Danish Arts Foundation
Artist in Residence, Treignac Projet, Treignac, FR

Working Grant - The Danish Arts Foundation

Dagmar og Karl Thyrres Stipend
Den Hiemstierne-Rosencroneske Stiftelse - Stipend
The Charlottenborg Jury Prize funded by Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Almennyttige Fond
Artist in Recidence, The Danish Institute in Athens