Dorte Jelstrup lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds an MA in Philosophy from The University of Copenhagen. Dorte Jelstrup has exhibited widely inside and outside Denmark. Previous shows include Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, Sweden, 2014, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway, 2013, Kino.Lab, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2013, Galleri Lars Olsen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012, MUSECPMI, Center of Photography and the Moving Image, New York, USA, 2011, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark, 2010 and Loop Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain, 2010. Dorte Jelstrup´s works are featured in the collections of prominent institutions, including the National Gallery of Denmark, Museum Sønderjylland - Tønder Art Museum, Tønder, and the Danish Arts Foundation. Her works have been awarded by the Danish Arts Foundation in 1996, 2003, 2006 and 2017, and in 2008 she recieved the Grant of Honor of the Anne Marie Telmanyi born Carl-Nielsens Foundation, Denmark, for her outstanding oeuvre. Furthermore, in 2013 she received the Ole Haslunds Grant of Honor.
Dorte Jelstrup works in a variety of different media, including painting, performative photography, drawing, installation and film. Her works thematize subjective mental states of longing, desire, dream and remembrance and are theatrical and narrative in nature with an emphasis on a materiality of sensation which connotes sensualism and femininity. Moreover, the later works of Dorte Jelstrup establish a link to the art historical modernism, primarily early avant-garde movements of the twentieth century such as Constructivism and Surrealism in a critical reflection upon the marginalization of modernism of a feminine world of experience.