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Michele Pred

Michele Pred is a Swedish-American conceptual artist whose practice includes sculpture, assemblage, and performance. Her work uncovers the cultural and political meaning behind everyday objects with a particular focus on themes like equal pay, reproductive rights, and personal security. Her projects also contain social components that drive the conversation into public spaces. Examples include her exploration of the intersection of personal space and security using airport confiscated items after 9/11, the cultural background of the fight for reproductive rights using thousands of expired birth control pills and the continuing economic and political struggle for women's rights represented by her modified vintage handbag editions.

Michele Pred
Born Michele Pred
San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality Swedish-American
Alma mater California College of the Arts
Website [2]


Early life and educationEdit

Pred was born in San Francisco. She grew up in Berkeley, where her father, Allan Pred [1] was a professor of geography at the University of California, and in Stockholm Sweden.[2] She attended California College of the Arts in Oakland in the 1990s and graduated with distinction in Interdisciplinary Arts. [3]

Pred now resides in both Oakland and Sweden with her spouse, Scott and daughter, Linnea.


For "Equal Pay Day" on April 4, 2017 Pred handed out precisely cut dollar bills to "reflect the pay percentages paid to women based on their race." Pred performed her art work for an hour on Market street in San Francisco to spread word about the gender pay gap. Equal Pay Day

April 14, 2017 Amy Schumer included Pred's limited edition "Pro Choice" handbag in her "19 Things Amy Schumer Really Loves" interview with InStyle. The interview was featured in the May 2017 issue of InStyle.

April 1, 2017 Pred performed a piece at Project for Empty Space in Newark, New Jersey. Pred gave out one dollar bills which were cut precisely and stamped to indicate the differences between what women of various racial backgrounds earns compared to the wages earned by white men doing the same work. See more about this project at 100 days action

Feb, 1, 2017 Amy Schumer posted a video of herself with Pred's purse "Pro Choice Nasty Woman" and it received over one million views on Instagram. Amy Schumer's Political Purse

January, 20-21, 2017 Pred marched on Washington, DC carrying a modified police riot shield with the slogan "My Body My Business" in pink. The shield and slogan reference the right of every woman to autonomy over her own body and actions in addition to the protection of health services and care that enables women to make informed choices and decisions regarding preventative healthcare as well as family planning tools.My Body My Business

In October, 2016 Pred, dressed as a 1960s era stewardess handed out "Official Air Travel Replacement" pocket knives in the San Francisco International Airport's baggage terminal to commemorate the 15th anniversary of September 11 and the passage of the Patriot Act.

In 2016 Pred created a series of T-shirt designs promoting women's reproductive freedom.[4] Her work is in the permanent collection at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York.[5][6]

Pred created an art series as a response to Supreme Court decisions limiting access to abortion and contraceptives for women.[7][8] In 2007 she created an exhibit featuring items confiscated at airports for security reasons.[9][10]

Pred was an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts from 2007 to 2015.[11][2]

Collaborations & Public ProjectsEdit

Pred is a member of For Freedoms, the first artist-run Super PAC founded by artists Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas. She has participated in several projects with the organization including an exhibition at Jack Shainman in New York, and her project #HerBodyHerVote at Expo Chicago, 2016 Her Body Her Vote, and an electronic billboard "My Body My Business" by the San Mateo Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area.



  1. ^ Social Scientist Allan Pred
  2. ^ a b "The Hunt Is On". Oakland Magazine, Linda Childers. September–October 2012
  3. ^ [1]. "Michele Pred: Crafty Conceptualist," Lindsey Westbrook. December 15, 2009
  4. ^ "Features: Women’s section". San Francisco Chronicle, By Leah Garchik. May 23, 2016
  5. ^ "Meet Oakland Artist Michele Pred". Diablo Magazine, Lou Fancher, October 6, 2016
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  7. ^ Martinez, Alanna. "Pro-Choice Artist Puts Politics on Prêt-à-Porter Purses." Observer. N.p., 30 Jan. 2015. Web. 08 Mar. 2015.
  8. ^ "Michele Pred Birth Control: Artist Uses Pills As A Medium In New Exhibition, 'Amendment' (PHOTOS)". Huffington Post, February 7, 2013
  9. ^ "Berkeley artist reworks contraband artifacts of ‘fear culture’". Daily Californian, April 13, 2016
  10. ^ "How Michele Pred Fights Fear Culture". East Bay Express, August 30, 2016 Lou Fancher.
  11. ^ "California College of the Arts: Faculty: Michele Pred." Michele Pred. California College of the Arts, 2015. Web. 08 Mar. 2015.