Born in Berkeley (United States), 1974Lives & works in Los Angeles (United States) Very active in: 90s, 2000s, Current decade
Miranda July works as a complete artist. July is a video, performing and recording artist, writer, moviemaker and actress. Born in Barre, Vermont, she began her career in Berkeley, California, writing plays and staging them in little eclectics clubs. She moved then to Portland where she took up performance art, which creations became successful. Later, her videos, performances and web works were presented in many places around the world as the Museum of Modern Art(New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Walker Art Center of Mineapolis, and also in the International film festival Rotterdam and the 2002 and 2004 Whitney Biennials.
Her creations are fresh and intuitive, she experiments with the latest developments and possibilities of the contemporary art and new Medias. With a certain autobiographical touch, her works presents complicated and inexplicable relationships, parallel narratives human stories, experience of loneliness, unexpected phobias, identity, lies and real life and sexuality.
Her first videos, Atlanta (1996), The Amateurist (1998), Nest of Tens (1999) are introspective works, about voyeurism, identity, madness, stereotypes, all thoughts leaded by an insatiable desire to be another one, to find the mystical relationship.
In 1995, July founded Joanie 4 Jackie, a project of movie distribution network for independent women moviemaker using the theme of a chain letter. Thirteen editions have been released, often screened at film festivals, the latest in 2002.
She also worked with multimedia artists in web, digital or performed projects as Harrell Fletcher in the participatory website www.learningtoloveyoumore.com, and she worked with the composer Zac Love for her first multimedia performance piece or ?lie movie? Love Diamond.
In 2005, she wrote, directed and starred her first feature-length film, Me you and Everyone We Know, which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d?Or. She acts in this film, a real self-portrait, acting a character very similar to herself, a performance artist who is quirky in many of the same ways that July is.
Miranda July lives now in Silver Lake, neighbourhood of Los Angeles. She recently made her debut in a new performance at The Kitchen (New York), and is currently working on her second movie.