Henrik Olesen was born in Denmark in 1967 and today lives and works in Berlin. His work is conceptually rigorous and based on thorough research. Olesen deals with the human body, which in the western world, is subject to the familial, cultural and social norms of an ideologically heterosexual community, fearful of diversity. His installations (made of found and assembled objects, texts, collages and posters) make reference to legislative code, natural sciences and the history of art, and examine the structure of power and the transmittal of knowledge, thus revealing the sanctions on which they are founded.
Monographic exhibitions were held at the Malmö Konsthall, the Kunstmuseum in Basel and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. In 2011 the MoMA in New York presented "Projects 1994: Henrik Olesen". His work was shown at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition "Accrochage".
Henrik Olesen also curated the exhibition "Abandon the parents" at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen with Daniel Buchholz and Christopher Mueller.