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.
San Francisco, California, United States
|Alma mater||California College of the Arts|
Pred was born in San Francisco. She grew up in Berkeley, where her father, Allan Pred was a professor of geography at the University of California, and in Stockholm. She attended California College of the Arts in Oakland in the 1990s and graduated with distinction in Interdisciplinary Arts. Pred resides in both Oakland and Stockholm 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
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.
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.
Pred created an art series as a response to Supreme Court decisions limiting access to abortion and contraceptives for women. In 2007 she created an exhibit featuring items confiscated at airports for security reasons.
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.
- The Art Newspaper. Artist Michele Pred wants to help everyone “speak up like Dr Blasey Ford” TheArtNewspaper.com, September 2018.
- Solomon, Tessa. Feminist Art Parade, Nevertheless We Vote, Comes To New York: BUST Interview bust.com, October 2018.
- Deshpande, Pia. Political art set to sweep billboards across 50 US states ahead of 2018 midterms CNN, September 2018.
- Vanity Fair Vanity Fair Magazine, April 2018.
- Volpicelli, Anna. Michele Pred's Art Pieces Encourage Voting San Francisco Chronicle, April 2018.
- Wang, Lydia. Artist Michele Pred Put Activist Messages On Handbags- And Sent Them to The Oscars bust.com, March 2018.
- Hebron, Tiernan. A Glimpse Inside The Feminist Art Show Objecting to Trump Ms. Magazine, February 2018.
- Brara, Noor. The Untitled Space Gallery Checks in With Nasty Women, One year Later Vogue, January 2018.
- Vankin, Deborah. 'Into Action' Festival Blends Art, Music, and Social Justice; A 'Momentum Builder' for Sparking Activism LA Times, January 2018.
- Cascone, Sarah. Art Parade Against The Patriarchy Crashes Art Basel Miami Beach, Targeting the President Artnet, December 2017.
- Zara, Janelle. 'There's a lot of Grief to Process': How the #MeToo Movement Gripped Art Basel Miami Beach. The Guardian, December 2017
- Valentine, Claire. The Parade Against The Patriarchy Makes A Statement at Art Basel Paper Magazine, December 2017.
- Graver, David. Miami Art Week 2017 Miami Art Week 2017: Women Artists Address The Female Body Cool Hunting, December 2017.
- Roberts, Rebecca. Pred-a-Porter Mission Magazine, issue 1, 2017.
- Silvers, Emma. Artist Michele Pred Wears Her Feminism on Her Sleeve KQED, March 2017.
- Pleasant, Amy. Feminist Artist’s Creative Response to Trump’s Treatment of Women: Message to Women, Vote! Huffington Post, October, 2016.
- Marks, Rob. Home Land Security FRIEZE, October 2016.
- Fancher, Lou. Meet Oakland Artist Michele Pred Diablo Magazine, October 2016.
- Social Scientist Allan Pred
- "The Hunt Is On". Oakland Magazine, Linda Childers. September–October 2012
- . "Michele Pred: Crafty Conceptualist," Lindsey Westbrook. December 15, 2009
- "Features: Women’s section". San Francisco Chronicle, By Leah Garchik. May 23, 2016 t-shirt designs
- "Meet Oakland Artist Michele Pred" Lou Fancher.Diablo Magazine, October 6, 2016 .
- "Michele Pred Birth Control: Artist Uses Pills As A Medium In New Exhibition, ‘Amendment’" Huffingtonpost.com, February 2017
- "Pro-Choice Artist Puts Politics on Prêt-à-Porter Purses." Martinez, Alanna. Observer, N.p., 30 Jan. 2015. Web. 08 Mar. 2015.
- Michele Pred Birth Control: Artist Uses Pills As A Medium In New Exhibition, 'Amendment'Huffington Post, February 7, 2013.
- "Berkeley artist reworks contraband artifacts of ‘fear culture’". Daily Californian, April 13, 2016
- "How Michele Pred Fights Fear Culture". Lou Fancher.East Bay Express, August 30, 2016.
- "California College of the Arts: Faculty: Michele Pred." Michele Pred. California College of the Arts, 2015. Web. 08 Mar. 2015.