Michael John Whelan
b. 1977, Dublin, Ireland / Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Michael John Whelan’s practise has been concerned with environmental changes relating to historical events and future projections. Investigating humanity's physical effects and inherent mutability, Whelan explores places and phenomena that resonate with a past or future trauma, resulting in photographic, film and sculptural projects.
Whelan’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally at MAK, Vienna; The Glucksman Gallery, Cork; Centre Pompidou-Metz, France; Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai; Kasteel Wijlre, Netherlands; Grey Noise, Dubai; Kunstverein Bochum; Galeria OMR, Mexico City; Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway; Kunst Haus Wien; Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland; Kiasma, Helsinki; Noorderlicht, Groningen. He received a BA in Fine Art from the Institute of Art, Design + Technology Dún Laoghaire in 2002 and an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London) in 2004. He has had two books published: ‘The sun shone on the nothing new’, published by Grey Noise/Lismore Castle Arts, and ‘Red Sky Morning’, published by Argobooks, Berlin. In 2018 and 2019 he received the Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award, and in 2017 a Senate of Berlin research grant. His work is part of the collections of the Arts Council of Ireland, the University of the Arts, London, and the Institute of Art, Design + Technology, Dún Laoghaire.