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Nicky Zwaan


Born Toma, Burkina Faso, West Africa

2000, Graduated VAV, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam

2007-2012, Tutor, Department Word and Image, Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam


Selection of Residencies:


2010, Ethiopia, Residency Fonds BKVB


Selection of Exhibitions:


2013, Almere, Museum de Paviljoens. People can only deal with the fantasy when they are ready for it.

2013, Amsterdam, The Times, Amsterdam Museum. Van Perskamer tot Kunstpaleis.

2013, Amsterdam, Cityscapes & Non Fiction, XS Architecture.

2012, Amsterdam, Cityscapes GM8, solo exh. Trying to Catch up with my Molecules.

2011, Amsterdam, Art Amsterdam

2011, Los Angeles, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Chain Letter.

2009, Amsterdam, Open Source, Street Of Sculptures Biennal.

2009, Amsterdam, Mediamatic, Dead Darlings Anonymous Art Auction.

2008, Amsterdam, Gallery Diana Stigter, solo Shine.

2008, China, Olympic One Minutes exhibition, Today Art Museum Beijing.

2008, Amsterdam, Satellite Station, Tijdelijk Museum. W139 and Diana Stigter.

2007, Almere, Museum De Paviljoens. Tweeentwintigduizendvijfhonderd.

2007, Spain, Valencia Observatory.

2007, Arnhem, Modebiënnale.

2006, London, ICA. Viewpoints on the world.

2006, China Shanghai Fringe videofestival, Bizart Art Center China.

2005, Utrecht, Central Museum ‘Pauze’.

2004, Amsterdam, Westergasfabriek. Uitgelicht, exhibition Fonds BKVB.

2004, Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum. Openings exhibition SMCS selection park 4dtv.

2003, Berlin, Germany. Rencontres International Paris / Berlin.

2003, Leidsche Rijn, Parasite Paradise.

2003, Groningen, Noorderzon Festival, Cineminuut.

2003, Korea, Seoul, ‘Facing Korea’, video exhibition.

2003, Indonesia, National Gallery, ‘International Video Art Festival Jakarta’.

2003, Barcelona, Spain, 25 hrs Festival.

2002, Ann Arbor Film Festival

2002, China, Macao, videofestival.

2002, Germany, Hamburg, International Short Film Festival

2002, Gent, Belgium, Witte Zaal, ‘www.the-show-must-go-on.com’

2001, Amsterdam, Fons Welters, Playstation.

2001, Den Haag, Gallery Nouvelles Images, nomination Prix NI 2001.

2001, Russia, Moscow, film- and videofestival.

2001, Amsterdam, Montevideo TBA, ‘Dai, dai, dai, where do we go from here?’

2001, Leeuwarden, Fries Museum, de Kabinetten.

2001, Bulgaria, Sofia. the American Centre and at the Sofia City Art Gallery, Videoarcheology Festival

2001, Germany, Kassel. 18e dokumentar- und videofest.

2001, Germany, Berlin. Autocenter

2001, Dordrecht, Art Primeur, selection final exams 2000 + selection East Europe.

2000, Amsterdam, gallery Fons Welters, Play Station, Skylarking.

2000, Maastricht, voorm. Bonnefantenmuseum Atopie.

2000, Belgium Leuven, A Prior magazine. Tweebronnen, Video Take.

2000, Amsterdam, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, 'It is strange to be so many women'.


Selection of art in public space/commissions:


2013, Commission elementary school The Hague, via Stroom. In progress.

2012, The Hague, Ministry of Finance, Commission Design for Euro Coins Commemorating UNESCO World Heritage Sites Rietveld Schröder House, Grachtengordel Amsterdam and Kinderdijk Mills.

2011, Den Haag, Ministry of Finance, Design for Euro Coin Commemorating 400 years of Dutch/Turkish Diplomatic Relations.

2008, Amsterdam, Commission Amsterdam Station Bijlmer Arena, Prorail. In progress.

2008, Amsterdam, Commission Amsterdam Sciencepark, Zuidoostlob

2008, Amsterdam, Commission Amsterdam Zuidas. Park Plein TV.

2007, Amsterdam, Commission Design KPN zendmast Zuidas Amsterdam, via Virtueel Museum Zuidas and KPN.

2007, The Hague, Commission Design Ministry of Economic Affairs, via Atelier Rijksbouwmeester.

2007, Amsterdam, Commission de Bongerd Amsterdam Noord.

2007, Commission Eemkwartier, new district Amersfoort.

2006, Commission artwork De Brink, Vries. Commission via SKOR (Stichting Kunst Openbare Ruimte).

2006, Venlo Opening Q4. 2006-2008, Series of artworks in public space.

2005, Commission Abri’s Amsterdam, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

2004, Amsterdam, Exhibition North, the park on the Shell terrain.

2002, Amsterdam, Hoorn, exhibition public space Upstream Negotiations.

2002 + 2001, Commissions Lowlands festival, Biddinghuizen

2001, Utrecht, Over de Zonegrens, video commission for city bus.


Selection of lectures and events:

2013, Amsterdam, artwork Raw Paradise, Opening by Carolien Gehrels, wethouder cultuur en economie and interview by Thijs Reuten, wethouder.

2012, Amsterdam, Mediametic, Ignite 15.

2012-ongoing, Board Member Atelier of Light. www.ateliervanlicht.nl

2011, Den Haag, Nest, Urban Expressionism, Urban Talk (About the house which Joris Brouwers and I designed, click here for more info)

2011, Sparje Burd, Friesland, Mid-Camp Economy Transformers

2011, Landgoed Duinlust, Overveen, Base-Camp Economy Transformers, (Economy Transformers website)

2009, Ministry Of The Impossible, NYC/AMS

2009, Symposium Pioneers, New York & Felix Meritis, Amsterdam.

2006, Symposium, UMC Utrecht.

2006, le Fabrique, Utrecht, Netherlands. Conference ABD for ICC high rank officials from the 12 Ministries.

2004, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam SMCS2

2004, Den Haag, City Museum, Night of Culture.

2003, Montevideo/TBA, Amsterdam, lecture + judging workshop students second fase St.Joost Photography

2002, Christie’s, Amsterdam, viewing days and auction contemporary art.

2002, de Paviljoens, Ungoing Series, interview Jellichje Reijnders about my work.

2001, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, aula 'Faces of Laughter' symposium SMBA / UvA.

2001, Utrecht, Filmfestival.

2001, Biddinghuizen, Lowlands Festival, video program

2001, De Badcuyp, 'In Focus'.

2001, Amsterdam PARK4DTV

2000, Brazil, 1 minute videofestival.

2000, Den Haag, Filminn, Korzo Theater, Film Stad

2000, Kunstkanaal, Art channel.

2000, Utrecht, Impact Festival


Prizes and stipends:


Short List Unseen Dummy Award, 2013, Residency Ethiopia FondsBKVB 2010. Prix Nouvelles Images 2001, nominee. René Coëlhoprijs 2000, Won the Rietveld Academy Selection. Won the one minutes award Moving Photography. Best video in the world, nominee. Nachtelijke regenboog photo of the year 2007, de Limburger. Basisbeurs Fonds BKVB 2009-2012. Projectsubsidie Fonds BKVB 2009. Scholingsfonds Kunst en Cultuur, 2007. Projectsubsidie Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, 2006. Basisbeurs Fonds BKVB 2004 – 2008, Startstipendium Fonds BKVB 2002 – 2003, Projectsubsidie Fonds BKVB 2001. Projectsubsidie AFK 2000, Eindexamensubsidie 2000 Berlage Fonds. Subsidie Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude 2000.


Articles and reviews:


Newspaper Het Parool, PS Wonen 2013. Kunstbeeld Laatste tentoonstelling @ de Paviljoens, 2013. Metropolis M, Werkplaats zoekt Denkruimte, 2013. Surface Magazine, 2013, Hart Amsterdam Museum 2013, Magazine Eigen Huis en Interieur, 2012. Hoor de Zon, book with photos from artists, 2012. AT5 television het verkeer, 2012, 2013. AT5 television Ik Woon, 2011.Metropolis M; Starters, Jellichje Reijnders, Skrien Arthouse, Jacquin v. Elsberg, Volkskrant Couleur Locale, Lucette Terborg, Parool, NRC, Catalogus Prix NI 2001, Baby, Tubelight, Tema Celeste, Verenigde Sandbergen, Parool Galerie, Herien Wensink, de Haagse Courant, Galerie NRC, Volkskrant, Couleur Locale over Prix NI, NRC Hans den Hartog Jager, catalogus PRIX NI 2001, tentoonstelling Art Primeur, 'Nicky Zwaan's Poetic Deceit' Maxine Kopsa, catalogus 'Over de Zonegrens', Metropolis M. over Atopie, Metropolis M. 'Motel Nooitgedacht', catalogus Art Primeur, 'Dai dai dai, where do we go from here', Kunstbeeld, PARK4DTV Magazine interview, cdrom PARK4DTV, VARA item ff wat anders, VPRO Uur van de Wolf. Vrij Nederland, Rutger Pontzen ‘Drie jonge kunstenaars over het debutantenbal’ TMF Tease interview, Mister Motley, Family Issue, Catalogus 25 hours Barcelona, Catalogus OK Jakarta, catalogus Moskou film festival, catalogus Rencontres Paris Berlin, Gelders Dagblad A.L.Snijders, Kunst & Cultuur, de Watergordijnen van Nicky Z. Lucasx April Mai June 2007, Scaleshapes Amersfoort, DVD conference Tijdgeest. Een staat van water een revolutie in denken een proeftuin voor waterinnovaties een viering van water een bron van inspiratie en een manifest voor publiek water. Virtueel Museum Zuidas, lichtkunst KPN Zendmast. World One Minutes Exhibition catalogue. Transform, catalogue Q4.


Purchases, private and museum collections:


Photos The Donkey Perspective, Invisible wall, Moon Landing, the Geometry of Biology, On Lightning, Spook Cloud, Golden, Floating. ‘Introductie’, installation. 'Silverscreen’, videotape: presentation-registration. ‘Locatie Knipperbol’, video installation. ‘Screensaver’, screensaver. ‘Silverscreen’, videotape: presentation-registration. ‘Hangen’, video. ‘Choreography’, video. ‘Reuzen rad’ , photo. ‘Broken Sky / United Sky’, photo series. Fading Forever, photo. Paleisstraat photo 2. Paleisstraat photo 4. Paleisstraat photo 5. Paleisstraat photo 11. Paleisstraat photo 9. Paleisstraat photo 13. Paleisstraat photo 20. Paleissstraat photo 21. Island of an Island, photo. Island of an Island 2, photo. Rainbow Indoors, lightbox.