Dora Budor


Dora Budor has created a sculptural installation based on a series of speculative “instruments for performing gynecological experiments on mutant women,” which are featured in David Cronenberg’s film Dead Ringers (1988). The objects appear in the movie not only as medical equipment, but also as exhibits or artworks found in a museum. Budor has imagined a third context for the objects as well: fossilized remains that existed before the narrative events, as relics of an imagined past, presented as though they might be ancient artifacts in a museum of natural history.


Dora Budor (1984, Zagreb) is an artist and writer based in New York. Her recent solo exhibitions include those at, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2019), 80WSE, New York, USA (2018), and the Swiss Institute (SI) New York (2015). Her work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions organized by leading art institutions, including Migros Museum, Zürich, Switzerland (2021); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (2021); Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2019); MoMA Warsaw, Poland (2020); MO.CO Panacée, Montpellier, France (2020, 2018); Kunstverein Nuernberg, Germany (2019); Kunsthaus Pasquart-Biel, Switzerland (2018); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2017); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2017); K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China (2017); MOCA Belgrade, Serbia (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); Swiss Institute, New York (2016); Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2015); and Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz, Austria (2015). She has also participated at the: 58th October Salon | Belgrade Biennale, Serbia (2021); 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Latvia (2020); Geneva Sculpture Biennale, Switzerland (2020); 16th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2019); 13th Baltic Triennial, Lithuania (2017); Vienna Biennale, Austria (2017); Art Encounters, Timișoara, Romania (2017); and the 9th Berlin Biennial, Germany (2016). Budor was a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Prize in 2014, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2018, as well as a Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Art (2019–2020). Her upcoming solo exhibitions will be presented by Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria), GAMeC Bergamo (Italy), and Progetto (Italy).