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Brittany Nelson (b. 1984, Great Falls, MT) explores 19th-century photographic chemistry techniques and science fiction to address themes of loneliness, isolation, and distance within the queer community and its parallels with space exploration. She is the recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation Grant in Visual Arts and a Theo Westenberger Foundation Grant for advancing women in the arts. Recent institutional solo exhibitions include: Le CAP - Centre d’art Saint Fons, France and Fotogalleriet in Oslo, Norway. Her work has been exhibited at Die Ecke (Santiago, Chile), Sonnenstube (Lugano, Switzerland), Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm, Sweden), The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Detroit, MI), The Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York, NY), The Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI), The Newcomb Art Museum (New Orleans, LA), Patron Gallery (Chicago, IL), Harnett Museum of Art (Richmond, VA), The International Print Center (New York, NY), among many others. Her monograph “Out Of The Everywhere” was released in 2019 by Mousse Publishing (Milan, Italy), and her sculptural book “Monuments to the Conquerors of Space” was released in 2017 and published by Small Editions (New York, NY). Nelson is currently an Artist in Residence with the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), and a 2017 artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA) and is the recipient of the Fish/Pearce Award for process-based work from the Print Center (Phildelphia, PA). Her work has been featured in publications such as Art in America, Frieze, Mousse, and The New Yorker.