Artist: Nina Canell
Curated by: Nadia Veronese
Venue: Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Date: August 24 – November 25, 2018
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
The Swedish artist Nina Canell (*1979, V5xjo, Sweden) explores the potential of inconspicuous or hidden objects and materials. Cut-open power and fiber optic cables, unwound wire spools, and exposed electrical lines demonstrate her interest in technical advances, physical properties, and their imperceptible processes. The artist makes use of found items and used objects and transforms them into sculptural arrangements. Her processual works evoke a sense of stored knowledge and simultaneously refer to the invisible, immaterial transfer of data.
By revealing hidden things and incorporating them into sometimes complex, sometimes simple installations, she questions our everyday experience in a way that is both serious and ironic.
Nina Canell, who lives and works in Berlin, has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, and Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin. The young artist’s first solo exhibition in a Swiss museum is being planned in cooperation with the Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry — Le Creclac in Ivry-sur-Seine, where the exhibition Dolphin Dandelion was shown in 2017, and the SMAK in Ghent, which presented the exhibition Energy Budget in 2018.