Carly Rose Bedford

Carly Rose Bedford teaches at the BA department of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at KABK, the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

Bedford is a multidisciplinary artist who works across a diverse spectrum of mediums, from performance to sculptural installation to text. Her work balances between a meditation on how materials stimulate affective responses within the body on the one hand, and critical analysis of hierarchies and power structures in society on the other. Her way of approaching these two interrelated issues could be defined as giving materials and objects agency to ‘perform’ queerly.

This approach allows for nuanced propositions that enact queer thematics without always reverting to representations of the body and identity politics. She is also engaged in a long-term research project into methods for institutional critique that considers ways to engage power structures within institutions through a process of pedagogical exchange, positioning, workshops and exhibition-making.

Besides tutoring at the KABK, Bedford is also a mentor at the Institut für Künstlerische Keramik und Glas in Koblenz, Germany.