Jill Magid

Jill Magid

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1973

Lives and works in New York, United States.


Artist and writer Jill Magid explores themes of intimacy and secrecy within systems of power. Magid’s work develops from her own experiences inside these systems, including the military (being trained to embed with the US Army in Afghanistan), the police (being followed by the Liverpool Police Department through it’s city-wide CCTV system), and secret service (being mentored as a spy after being commissioned by the Dutch Secret Service), an organization that would eventually confiscate her work from the Tate Modern in London.

Chrissy Isles, Senior Curator of the Whitney Museum, remarks that “the work of Jill Magid is incisive in its poetic questioning of the ethics of human behavior and the hidden political structures of society. Her intelligent conceptual strategies engage the viewer in an absorbing aesthetic and intellectual experience that turns conventional assumptions of power, secrecy, control and social space inside out.”

Magid has had solo exhibitions at various institutions around the world including Tate Modern; Whitney Museum of American Art; Berkeley Art Museum; Tate Liverpool; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert (Paris and New York); Gagosian Gallery, New York.