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Nina Canell

Nina Canell, The Nordic Pavilion, Installation view, 57th Venice Biennale, 2017
Nina Canell, The Nordic Pavilion, Installation view, 57th Venice Biennale, 2017
© Courtesy the artist, Barbara Wien Gallery, 303 Gallery, Mendes Wood DM, Photo: Nick Ash

Nina Canell is fascinated by the often hidden and easily overlooked things that quietly rule our everyday lives. Her artistic practice does not revolve around a finished piece. It is the provisional, surprising, unpredictable processes that distinguish Canell’s work.

Canell draws on a broad spectrum of different materials to create her own sculptural system: from shoelaces to wavelengths. She also uses commodities like rubber, water and electricity as well as found objects such as ring pulls and cables. The combination sets up a relational weave that dissolves hierarchies, distilling our world by assembling and entangling. 

For the Berlinische Galerie, the artist will conceive a site-specific installation and an artist’s book.

Nina Canell was born in Växjö, Sweden, in 1979 and now lives and works in Berlin. She studied at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin, Ireland. Canell’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions, including S.M.A.K, Ghent; Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and Fridericianum, Kassel, and also at biennials in Venice, Sydney, Lyon, Gwangiu and Liverpool.

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