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.

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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 structures of social norms through her own and others bodies and voices, providing them with 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.

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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: 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, 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; Last Tango, Zürich, CH; 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; E-Werk Freiburg, Freiburg, DE; TOPIC, Geneva, CH; VITRINE, London, UK and Basel, UK.

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

Bachmann recently presented the performance 'partly anchored, a mesh of seeds' (2021) at Istituto Svizzero Rome, IT. Upcoming exhibition include 'The London Open 2022' at Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (Spring 2022) and 'Fragmentation', the 10th Edition of Whitstable Biennial, UK.

Nicole Bachmann, partly anchored, a mesh of seeds, 2021 (Instituto Svizzero Rome)
Documentation of Nicole Bachmann's performance 'partly anchored, a mesh of seeds' (2021) as part of Sol Invictus at Instituto Svizzero Rome, IT.
2021
Nicole Bachmann, along the rims, 2020 (trailer)
Trailer for Nicole Bachmann's film 'along the rims' 2020. HD Single Channel Video. With Nandi Bhebhe, Patricia Langa and Cian McConn.
2020
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.
Nicole Bachmann, Uncertainties, 2007 (Excerpt)
Nicole Bachmann, Uncertainties, 2007. HD single channel video, 16:9. 00:13:01.
Along A Long So Long
Aug 2021
20
Friday
6:30 pm
8:00 pm
Free

Group event

Along A Long So Long

Performance

VITRINE, Basel

Along A Long So Long
Jul 2021
01
Thursday
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
Free

Group event

Along A Long So Long

Preview

VITRINE, Basel

full stop slightly high
Mar 2020
10
Tuesday
7:00 pm
Free

Group event

full stop slightly high

Preview and Performance

VITRINE, London

Along A Long So Long
Jul 2021
02
Friday
Sep 2021
05
Sunday
Group show

Along A Long So Long

VITRINE, Basel

Sounding Off 2.0
Aug 2020
09
Sunday
Nov 2020
08
Sunday

Nadim Abbas, Nicole Bachmann, Edwin Burdis, Kara Chin, Anaïs Comer, Tim Etchells, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ludovica Gioscia, Katrin Hanusch, Candice Jacobs, Sophie Jung, Rene Matić, Campbell McConnell, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Milly Peck, Sam Porritt, Ralph Pritchard, Natasha Rees, Bioni Samp, James Stopforth, and Charlie Godet Thomas.

Group show

Sounding Off 2.0

VITRINE, Digital

full stop slightly high
Mar 2020
11
Wednesday
Jun 2020
28
Sunday
Group show

full stop slightly high

VITRINE, Bermondsey

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