Nicole Bachmann

Nicole Bachmann works across video, text, sound and performance. She situates the body as a site of knowledge production used to explore alternative discourses within language and form.

Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Performance / Installation view. Performed by Noa Genazzano and Aurore Vigneron. VITRINE, London.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Performance / Installation view. Performed by Noa Genazzano and Aurore Vigneron. VITRINE, London.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Performance / Installation view. Performed by Noa Genazzano and Aurore Vigneron. VITRINE, London.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Performance / Installation view. Performed by Noa Genazzano and Aurore Vigneron. VITRINE, London.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photography: Jonathon Bassett.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photography: Jonathon Bassett.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photography: Jonathon Bassett.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photography: Jonathon Bassett.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photography: Jonathon Bassett.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photography: Jonathon Bassett.
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Nicole Bachmann, full stop slightly high, 2020. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photography: Jonathon Bassett.
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Nicole Bachmann, Personare, 2018/20. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa and Deborah Emmanuel. ADM Gallery, SG as part of the Singapore Biennale 2019. Photography: Richard Chen.
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Nicole Bachmann, Personare, 2018/20. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa and Deborah Emmanuel. ADM Gallery, SG as part of the Singapore Biennale 2019. Photography: Richard Chen.
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Nicole Bachmann, Personare, 2018/20. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa and Deborah Emmanuel. ADM Gallery, SG as part of the Singapore Biennale 2019. Photography: Richard Chen.
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Nicole Bachmann, I Say, 2017. Sound and video installation. 00:15:00. Binz39, Zurich, CH
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Nicole Bachmann, A circle whispering dot, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Sonya Frances Cullingford and Legion Seven. Swiss Art Awards 2019, Basel, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, A circle whispering dot, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Sonya Frances Cullingford and Legion Seven. Swiss Art Awards 2019, Basel, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, or what is, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Jia-Yu Corti, Legion Seven. Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, or what is, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Jia-Yu Corti, Legion Seven. Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, or what is, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Jia-Yu Corti, Legion Seven. Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, A circle whispering dot, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Sonya Frances Cullingford and Legion Seven. Mimosa House, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, A circle whispering dot, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Sonya Frances Cullingford and Legion Seven. Mimosa House, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, A circle whispering dot, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Sonya Frances Cullingford and Legion Seven. Mimosa House, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, A circle whispering dot, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Sonya Frances Cullingford and Legion Seven. Mimosa House, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, A circle whispering dot, 2019. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa, Sonya Frances Cullingford and Legion Seven. Mimosa House, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, Personare Part II, 2018. Performance.  00:17:00 - 00:25:00. Performed by Patricia Langa, Anna Procter and Sonya Frances Cullingford. Dance choreography by Patricia Langa. Tenderpixel, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, Personare Part II, 2018. Performance.  00:17:00 - 00:25:00. Performed by Patricia Langa, Anna Procter and Sonya Frances Cullingford. Dance choreography by Patricia Langa. Tenderpixel, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, Personare Part II, 2018. Performance.  00:17:00 - 00:25:00. Performed by Patricia Langa, Anna Procter and Sonya Frances Cullingford. Dance choreography by Patricia Langa. Tenderpixel, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, Personare Part I, 2018. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa and Anna Procter. Dance choreography by Patricia Langa. Tenderpixel, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, Personare Part I, 2018. Performance. Performed by Patricia Langa and Anna Procter. Dance choreography by Patricia Langa. Tenderpixel, London, UK.
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Nicole Bachmann, I Say (video Still), 2017. Sound and video installation. 00:15:00. Performed by Anna Tierney, Patricia Langa and Kip Johnson. Dance choreography by Patricia Langa.
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Nicole Bachmann, I Say (video Still), 2017. Sound and video installation. 00:15:00. Performed by Anna Tierney, Patricia Langa and Kip Johnson. Dance choreography by Patricia Langa.
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Nicole Bachmann, I Say (video Still), 2017. Sound and video installation. 00:15:00. Performed by Anna Tierney, Patricia Langa and Kip Johnson. Dance choreography by Patricia Langa.
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Nicole Bachmann, I Say, 2017. Installation view. Corner College, Zurich, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, I Say, 2017. Installation view. Corner College, Zurich, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, I Say, 2017. Installation view. Corner College, Zurich, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, I Say, 2017. Installation view. Corner College, Zurich, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, I Say, 2017. Installation view. Corner College, Zurich, CH.
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Nicole Bachmann, or what is, 2019
Video documentation of Nicole Bachmann's performance 'or what is' at Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, CH, 2019.
Nicole Bachmann, A Circle Whispering Dot, 2019
Video documentation of Nicole Bachmann's performance 'A circle whispering dot' at Mimosa House, London, UK in 2019.
Nicole Bachmann, Personare Part I, 2018
Video documentation of Nicole Bachmann's performance 'Personare Part I' at Tenderpixel, London, UK on 13 January, 2018.
Nicole Bachmann, I don't want your whispers, 2017
Video documentation of Nicole Bachmann's performance 'I don't want your whispers' commissioned by Block Universe Performance Art Festival, performed at Kachette, London in 2017.
Nicole Bachmann, I Say (video excerpt), 2017
Video excerpt from Nicole Bachmann's video work 'I Say', 2017.
Nicole Bachmann, Ink on Skin (excerpt), 2020
Excerpt from Nicole Bachmann's audio work 'Ink on Skin', 2020.

By using movement and voice, Bachmann intends on subverting languages power and political relations that she believes is attached to normative vocabulary, opening up spaces or gaps in which to “embody vocabulary” where new meaning can be created. In becoming other-too, Bachmann wants to question the inherent patriarchal qualities of language through her own and others bodies, providing a refreshing and relevant agency.

Her predominantly collaborative practice reflects this subversion, evoking a sense of togetherness and reciprocity, searching for meaning away from the prescribed set of definitions she considers language exists within. Activating the individual as well as the group, Bachmann wants to inquire into how to become bodies of social and political change.

Working predominantly in mediums which are still underrepresented with the art market because of there non-physical, temporal aspects, Bachmann again wants to interrupt tendencies inherent to a system.

Nicole Bachmann (b. 1973, Zurich, CH) works and lives between Zurich, CH and London, UK. She holds a Diploma in Fine Art from Zurich University of the Arts (2007) and an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (2010). Awards Include: Swiss Art Awards, shortlisted (2019); Freiraumstipendium, Zurich, CH (2018); Werkbeitrag, Stadt Zurich, winner (2015 & 2018); Art Prize 2008, Nationale Suisse (2008); Swiss Design Award (2003).

Bachmann has been exhibited internationally at galleries, institutions, biennials and fairs, including: VITRINE, London, UK; Singapore Biennale 2019, SG; Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, CH; Berlin Espace Diaphanes, Berlin, DE; Manifesta 11, Zurich, CH; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; ICA, London, UK; Kunsthalle St.Gallen, St. Gallen, CH; Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK; Darling Foundation, Montreal, CA; Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK; Tenderpixel, London, UK; Block Universe, Performance Art Festival, London, UK; Helmhaus Museum, Zurich, CH; Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; Haus der Kunst Uri, Altdorf, CH; LUX Artists’ Moving Image, London, UK; Art Hall Tallinn, Tallinn, EE; New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, USA; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK; Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, CH; Videotank, Zurich, CH; Cabinett in Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki, FI; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, FR; Mimosa House, London, UK.

Residencies include: LUX, London, UK (2016); Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, UK (2015); Escalator program, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK (2011).

Upcoming exhibitions include the group show 'Fluid Bodies' at E-Werk Freiburg, Freiburg, DE (September 2020).

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