Michael John Whelan was born in Dublin, Ireland. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Michael John Whelan’s practice 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.
Recent exhibitions include: 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. He received a BA in Fine Art from IADT-DL, Dublin 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. He is represented by Grey Noise, Dubai and has work is in a number of public and private collections.
While at AiR 351 Michael John will advance his current video work while introducing his practice to the local artistic audience.