Marja Samsom is a Dutch-born conceptual and performance artist, living and working in New York since the 1980s. Samsom explores modes of performance through storytelling, pushing the bounds of the discipline through the construction of long-term performances and various artistic personae. Using poetry, objects, costumes, music, light, food, and an unexpected sense of humor, she creates and performs identities that are at the same time female and androgynous, drawing from both biography and fiction. 

Samsom participated in the birth of conceptual art in and around Amsterdam, where she began making live performances, Super-8 movies, Polaroids, poetry, and installations during the 1970s. During this time she presented and performed work at venues including De Appel Arts Centre, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Galerie Riekje Swart, Bertha Urdang Gallery, Hal Bromm Gallery, and Franklin Furnace, as well as publications and print interventions for FILE magazine (by General Idea), FURORE, Artforum, Flash Art, and Art in America. From the 1980s, over the course of two decades, Samsom took on the identity of Flavor DJ and undercover artist for her long-term salon space and performance piece, The Kitchen Club (1985-89 at 500 E 11th St, and 1990-2010 on the corner of Prince and Mott Sts). Since the closing of The Kitchen Club, Samsom has continued to produce performances and video works centered on artistic personae stemming from the 1970s, including Miss Behave, Miss Kerr, Madame Hulot en vacances, and Marja van Marken.

Since this time Samsom has continued to adopt and experiment with various personae. Recent solo presentations have taken place at Participant IncClocktower, and Berlin. She produced the publication, Diary of a Forgotten Actress 1972-79 (2015) with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. In 2018 Miss Behave presented 'The Artist Cooks' at Participant Inc, a performance event with vessels made by the artist. Currently, she is presenting 'The Grape Dress' at Berlin (25 Ave A, New York), a multi-part narrative performance that unfolds with each iteration. In 2019 Samsom will present a new performance and hotel-room installation in Amsterdam. Details to be unveiled...