Kersti Jan Werdal (b. 1987, Seattle) holds a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University and is presently an MFA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts. She works with photography, film&video, archival materials, and installation.

Documentary Portrait
Promenade, S16mm scanned to digital, sound, color, 15:15min
Short following dancer-choreographer Brittany Bailey as she prepares to debut a new work at Judson Memorial Church. Work focuses on the artist's process.

September 13th
All the Little Souvenirs, a program of film essays at Now Instant Image-Hall in Los Angeles. Co-curated by Now Instant and Lucy Kerr, publication for the evening's program include text from Lucy Kerr and Perwana Nazif. Film line-up includes The Present by Robert Frank, Palms by Mary Helena Clark, Cedar Rose, and Blue by Kersti Jan Werdal.

May 12th-July 7th
"The Center Is Not Holding", Real Pain Fine Arts
Contributed three photographs
Artists include Malena Szlam, Anna Fox, Marcelo Gomes, Arshia Fatima Haq, Jenn Kang, and Rebecca Topakian.

Documentary Film Essay
Cedar Rose, 16mm and found footage, sound, color, 08:14min
Examines the lost Lutsosheed language and Duwamish territory in the Pacific Northwest.

Film Installation
The Theory, 3-channel, MiniDV, sound, color, 07:00min continuous loop
Large scale video installation with percussive sounds by Seth Trump and actors Daniela de La Fe, Gillian Garcia, and Aidan Koch.

Commissioned Film
OO-Mirror, 16mm, color, sound by Noah Gersh, 00:57min

Guest Lecture
Programmed a course and recited a lecture at California Institute of the Arts in the Bijou Theater about the works of Lynne Ramsay.

"Successions" at Serra's in Los Angeles, California
Curated a film program alongside live experimental performances, invitation by Dean Spunt

Narrative Film
Sam, HD, color, sound, 10:14min

Film Installation
Dark Heart, HD, color and b&w, sound, 07:30min continuous loop

Film Essay
Blue, found footage, 16mm, and Digital HD, color, sound, 08:32min.

Short Film
Part Two, 16mm, color and b&w, 03:02min, silent, shot in Los Angeles.
Featuring dancer / choreographer Brittany Bailey.

"Successions" at Serra's in Los Angeles, California
Curated a film program alongside live experimental electronica performances, invitation by Dean Spunt

Short Documentary
Fly With You, color, 2.5k, sound, 09:30min, shot in Sicily.

Short Film Essay
Nana, color and b&w, iPhone and Kodachrome slide film, silent and sound, 12:10min, shot in Seattle and Japan.

Commissioned Film
The Dream of Agata, color and b&w, sound, HD, 06:15min, shot in Sicily.
Commissioned by jeweler Tapley. Score by Sugar Sleep.

"This Is A Song", The Heavy Time Institute, in Melbourne Australia
Contributed Film Slow Shapes
Artists include Brianna Capozzi, Clare Shilland, Danielle Neu, Estelle Hanania, Hanna Moon, Polly Brown, and Benedict Brink.

Short Film
Slow Shapes, color HD, 12:54min, shot in New York.
Featuring dancer / choreographer Brittany Bailey.

TIN, WATER, RED EARTH , color, HD, 26:49min, shot in Italy.

Amy Sillman, Out of Synch, a book of essays about painter Amy Sillman.
Writer, Book Design and Layout, 7in x 9in, 35pp, perfect bound, color, ed. of 3, op.
Published by Surrender Press, printed by Publication Studio.

"The Spring Cleaning", New York City at The Laundromt
Contributed Photographs
Artists include Deanna Templeton, Maya Handley, Heji Shin, Jack Webb, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Ed Templeton, Larry Clark, Cheryl Dunn, and others

"Film Programme" for art show presented by Christopher Green at 0fr Gallery in Paris
Curated a selection of works and contributed Film Untitled

"Print Programme" for art show presented by Christopher Green at 0fr Gallery in Paris
Punk ephemera and poetry mimeographs selected from the MAST BOOKS archive.

Portland Museum of Modern Art
Contributed Film "Untitled"

Photography solo show
"This is Just to Say That" at Valentines in Portland, Oregon

Editor and Graphic Designer, Newsprint, b&w, 28in x 22.75in, double-sided broadsheet poster, printed by Linco, ed. of 1000, op.

Photography solo show
"About A Girl" at Half/Half Gallery in Portland, Oregon

2019 Lillian Disney Grant
2018 Lillian Disney Grant, California Institute of the Arts Project Grant
2017 Lillian Disney Grant
2016 Ella Deloria Fellowship Research Grant, Columbia University Thesis Grant
2015 Prime Minister Abe Japan Fellowship

2019 Arthur Jafa, Beatriz Santiago Munoz
2018 Lucrecia Martel, Vivienne Dick
2017 Laura Poitras