Hadley+Maxwell consist of Hadley Howes (b. 1973, Toronto, Ontario) and Maxwell Stephens (b. 1966, Montréal, Quebec) and they currently live and work in Berlin, Germany. They work exclusively in collaboration, using the position of shared production and authorship to interrogate notions of propriety and subjectivity. They work in a wide variety of media including video, music and installation, often appropriating iconic images and traditional forms as they are expressed in pop-cultural, artistic and political movements. Their work examines mediation as the threshold of intelligibility between the individual and the social, by engaging the relation between public and private property, history and memory. Their approach is both critical and affectionate: they critique the ideological underpinnings of making meaning while celebrating the desire this represents for a sense of belonging.
Hadley+Maxwell have been working together since 1997 when they met in Vancouver, Canada. Since then, their investigations into cultural history, contemporary philosophy, and aesthetics have taken the form of conceptually driven works. Their writing and image-based projects have appeared in publications including the Fillip Review, Art Lies!, Public, C Magazine, Prefix Photo, West Coast Line and F.R. David. Recently, their work has been included in exhibitions at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea (São Paolo); Kunstraum München; Taipei Fine Art Museum; Power Plant (Toronto); Montehermoso Cultural Centre (Spain); the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada. Hadley+Maxwell are represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.