Nina Canell
Sweden, b. 1979






Nina Canell’s body of work can be described as a kind of “sculptural condition" that embodies both a state of stillness and of flux (as seen in natural phenomenon). Her works challenge traditional categories of sculpture using chemical and material interactions between mediums that measure the constant flux of their surroundings—illustrating the invisible and immaterial world that remains unseen to the naked eye.

Over the past couple of years, the artist has explored the role of fiber-optic cables in technology and the internet, exploiting the colorful exterior sheaths of recyclable cables collected from Lyon and the outskirts of Seoul to ruminate on the physicality of technology and its presence in our lives. While today's increasingly digitized environment aspires to adopt a state of wirelessness, fiber-optic cables are still required and are found buried across the world and at the bottom of the ocean. This conceptual tension underlies the antinomic relationship of technology—a major leitmotif of the artist since her early works that featured a cross-section of the bulky fiber-optic cable as individual sculptures.

Image copyright on Nina Canell
Photo by Robin Watkins
Courtesy of the artist, Kukje Gallery, Seoul and Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin
Image and Text provided by Kukje Gallery, Seoul


Related Categories

Sculpture, Sculptural Condition, Installation, Mixed-media Installation, Invisibility, Invisible World, Invisible Energy, Immateriality, Sweden, Germany

Curriculum Vitae

BA (Hons), Fine Art (1st class), Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Solo Exhibitions
Ayrton. Four exhibitions by Armando Andrade Tudela, Nina Canell, FOS and Tania Pérez Córodva, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
Dolphin Dandelion, Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Foam-Skin Insulated Jelly-Filled Vowel, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin
Nina Canell: Reflexology, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai
Satin Ions, Arko Art Center, Seoul
Dimensions Withheld, Daniel Marzona, Berlin
Free-Space Path Loss, Lunds konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Mid – Sentence, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
The Registry of Promise, Le Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Near Here, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Near Here, Camden Art Centre, London
Near Here, Lulu, Mexico City
Impulse Slight (permanent), Royal Library Stockholm, Stockholm
Nina Canell | Sofia Hultén (two person exhibition), Galerie Luisa Strina, São Paulo
Stray warmings, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf
O Little Drops, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin
Stray warmings, Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis, USA
Nina Canell & Rolf Julius, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Tendrils, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis, USA
Nina Canell: Into the Eyes as Ends of Hair, Cubitt Gallery, London
Matter of the Heart, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin
Heart of the Matter, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin
Ode to Outer Ends, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
Nina Canell: To Let Stay Projecting as a Bit of Branch on a Log by Not Chopping it Off, MUMOK, Vienna
Nina Canell: We Sank Through to Our Waists (32760 Revolutions), Projects in Art & Theory, Cologne
Five Kinds of Water, Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg
Art Statements, Art 40, Basel
The New Mineral, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
Paradise [31], Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Walking on No-Top Hill, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin
Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (collaboration w. Robin Watkins)
Slight Heat of the Eyelid, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin
Moon. Mist. Drum., Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland
Soft Mud & Parallel Happenings, T293, Naples
We Woke Up With Energy, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin
Group Exhibitions
Gridded Currents, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
ARS17: Hello World! Art after the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA / The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki
More Than Just Words [On the Poetic], Kunsthalle Wien, Wien
Viva Arte Viva, Nordic Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Transmissions from the Etherspace, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Neither, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels
Theatre of Measurement, Kunstverein Muenchen, Germany
We Are The Center for Curatorial Studies (phase 1), Hessel Museum of Art, New York
Samhällsmaskinen, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden
Inflected Objects #2: Circulation - Otherwise, Unhinged, Future Gallery, Berlin
A Thousand Horsepower, Trinxet Factory, Barcelona
Third Nature, CCS Bard, New York
Matter Fictions, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon
Die Kräfte hinter den Formen/The forces behind the forms, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany
Die Kräfte hinter den Formen/The forces behind the forms, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
The Distance of a Day: Connections and Disconnections in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Accrochage, Pinault, Punta Della Dogana, Venice
The Mud of Compound Experience, G/F, Hong Kong
Farewell to an Idea, curated by Jaromir Hladík, Neue Berliner Räume, Berlin
Life Itself. On the question of what it essentially is; its materialities, its characteristics considering that the attempts to…, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Fluxesfeverfuturesfiction, Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain
Accueille-moi paysage, Marcelle Alix Gallery, Paris
Drawn By Its Own Memory, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
Blühendes Gift. Zur Feministischen Appropriation des Österreichischen Unbewussten, Mumok, Vienna
La vie modern, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
Presque rien, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
Art In The Age Of…Planetary Computation, Witte de With, Rotterdam
Koeln Skulptur #7, Skulpturen Park Köln, Köln, Germany
White Noise, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
An Imprecise Science, Artspace, Sydney
Le Souffleur, Schürmann trifft Ludwig, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen, Germany
Percussive Hunter, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul
Art In The Age Of…Energy and Raw Material, Witte de With, Rotterdam
Animal Mineral Vegetable, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Technokinesis, Blum & Poe, New York
Siehe was dich sieht, 21er Haus, Vienna
nature after nature, Fridericianum, Kassel
And How Are We Feeling Today?, San Diego University Art, San Diego
Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam
How To Write, Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin
The Stand In (or A Glass of Milk), Public Fiction, Los Angeles
Surface Tension, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, Hayward touring, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
Köln Skulptur 7, Skulpturenpark Köln, Köln
Flex-Sil Reloaded, Kunsthalle St Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
12 Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach, Germany
Dorothea Von Stetten Kunstpreis, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Les amas d’Hercule, Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France
Sydney Biennale, Sydney
Made in Germany Zwei, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover
Intense Proximity: La Triennale, Paris
Atelier + Küche, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
The Devils Fidelity, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
Second Strike, Herzliya Biennial, The Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Based in Berlin, Monbijou Park, Berlin
Twenty Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Labor / Laboratory, (Ars Viva Prize), SALT, Istanbul
Under Destruction, Swiss Institute, New York
On Line: Drawing through the twentieth Century, MoMA, New York
Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
On Destuction, Jean Tinguely Museum, Basel
Neue Alchemie, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster,
Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form, La Biennale di Venezia – 12th Intl. Architecture Exhibition, Venice
A Never Ending Story, Truth or Consequences, NM, USA
Fischgrätenmelkstand (curated by John Bock), Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin
Runaway Train, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
Life: A User´s Manual, Art Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York
Performative Attitudes, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
Das Wesen im Ding, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
The Knight’s Tour, De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands
The Actuality of the Idea, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London
All That is Solid Melts into Air, MuHKA, Antwerp/Mechelen, Belgium
Canell/Egan/Nowak, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
Coalesce Happenstance, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam
7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Manifesta 7 - European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trentino Südtirol Alto Adige, Italy
Auto – Stop, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Sometimes You Fall in Love with an Idea, Cluster, Berlin
Mima: Sound Space, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK
No Borders (Just News), La Centrale Electrique - European Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium, February + CACT - Centre of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Beyond the Country: Perspectives of the Land in Historic and Contemporary Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Movement, Contingency & Community, Gallery27, Seoul
What Remains, Spazio Lambretto, Milan
Come Together, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Bring the Noise, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, UK
Plane, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin & The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon, Ireland
Precaution, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Grants & Awards
Edstrandska Stiftelsen, Malmö
Ars Viva - Preis 2010/2011, Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, Germany
Baloise Prize, Statements Art 40 Basel
Location One, residency stipend, New York (-2009)
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Johanneum Graz, project award
Culture Ireland, project stipend
Arts Council Ireland, Artist Bursary Award
Model Arts & Niland Gallery Fellowship
Aileen McKeogh Award
Firestation Artists’ Studios Residency (-2008)
Jönköping Cultural Committee Award


Gridded Currents