French-American, born 1941
French-American conceptual artist Nancy Wilson-Pajic, played a seminal role in the international artistic avant-garde during the 1960s and 70s with her feminist performances and text-sound installations that challenged feminine role model in modern societal paradigms.
Nancy Wilson-Pajic was born in Peru, Indiana in 1941 where she studied art, literature and psychology, later graduating from Cooper Union, New York in 1972 with a BFA. The artist moved to Paris in 1978 where she began to experiment with photography along with forms of text-based imagery. Her early experiments with photography lead her to alternative processes such as gum bichromate, carbon transfer, photogram, and cyanotype, which later became a staple of the artist’s aesthetic and process-driven work.
Her first exhibition in a photography context was a solo show at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in the Pompidou Center, Paris in 1983. Throughout her distinguished and singular career Nancy Wilson-Pajic has participated in more than 400 personal and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Musée national d’art moderne (Paris), Musée d’Élysée (Lausanne, Switzerland), French National collection (Fonds national d’Art contemporain, Paris), Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris), Museet for Fotokunst (Odense, Denmark), Nouveau Musée national de Monaco, Daelim Contemporary Art Museum (Seoul) and the Musée Réattu (Arles, France), among others.