NINA BACKMAN

About

Nina Backman is a Finnish artist, performer, curator and the founder of the Silence Project. She was born in Helsinki and originally studied Theatre Design at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in the UK.

The hallmarks of silence weave through Backman’s art leaving traces of a veiled depth. In challenging the space between installation, performance and visual art, silence is integral to the artistic process. For Backman, silence brings together different but related elements within a conceptual frame, in turn creating new dialogues. These set out to invite critical reflection, to expose layers otherwise unnoticed, to challenge perceptions as yet outside our realm of experience.

She has collaborated with a wide spectrum of creative disciplines from film, theater, photography to design. She currently lives and works in Berlin

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

7.11 - 30.11.2017
Nordic House, Reykjavik
Silence Project

6.11.2017, 27.11, 28.11.2017
Silence Meal in the Nordic House, Reykjavik

Curriculum vitae

Silence Meal

The Silence Meal is a performative dining experience hosted by the Finnish artist Nina Backman. The meal follows a specific frame and is officially opened when the artist sits down. Attending to the rituals of a meal in a way that is free of verbal distraction, the communality of silence brings with it an intensity unique to the occasion. Thus, in removing the ingredient of the spoken word, guests are left free to explore a myriad of sensory experiences that can be both physical, emotional, spiritual or cultural in nature. The Silence Meal presents its guests with an opportunity to observe what emerges in place of unspoken interaction. Each meal, being a unique constellation, is documented in a variety of ways; film, photography and sound. The traces left by the different Silence Meals are weaved together to create an experiential collage.
First conceived as part of the Hiap Residency Programme in 2013, Silence Meals have now taken place in Berlin, Shanghai, Norway, Stockholm, Reykjavik and Finland.

Aino (ongoing from 2006)
Aino is a performance piece presented with photographs, films and installations. Aino explores the fundamental need for home, identity and a personal freedom of choice.
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Silence Meal - hiljainen illallinen
Minut kutsuttiin illalliselle. En tiennyt mitä odottaa. Olin nälissäni ja toivoin siis vain, että ruoka olisi hyvää. Mies ja kolme ystävätärtäkin tulivat. Neljänteen törmäämme gallerian edessä. Hälisemme siinä päällimmäiset pois, pohdimme josko meitä alkaa yskittää tai naurattaa. Continue reading...

Living room - Berlin Art Project
Living Room – A chandelier, a weathered chair, delicate paper collages and bombarded work on canvas transform the exhibition space into a domestic interior, a room bearing the traces of life. Who lives here and what does the furniture have say about it’s residents? Continue reading...

Chasing identities, by Mika Hannula for Aino
Some things stay the same, they remain coherently constant. There is a woman. It is the same woman all the way, both in the photographs and in the videos. She is always wearing a costume, the very same costume. Yet within this repetition of the same, something important is changing. Something is on the move; something is definitely on the move. Continue reading...

An epiphany on a Berlin side street
Nina Backman’s art isn’t based on any one way of producing art, or one style, nor is it confined to one medium or scale. That is why mere limits of expression will not prevent the artist in realizing any subject that is of interest to her. Until now, her work has consisted of photographs, photo painting, sculpture, performance and film. A visit to her latest exhibition shows that the list keeps growing. Continue reading...

Schokierende begegnung auf einer Berliner seitenstrasse
Kunst von Nina Backman basiert nicht auf einer einzigen Machart oder einem Stil, ganz zu schweigen von Material und Maß. Von daher kann jedes Thema, das die Künstlerin anspricht realisiert werden, trotz Begrenzungen in der Aussprache. Ihre bisherige Produktion beinhaltet Photos, Photogemälde, Skulpturen, Performance und Filme. Der Besuch in der neuesten Privatausstellung zeigt, dass die Liste weiterhin wächst. Continue reading...

Shokeeraava kohtaaminen Berliinin sivukadulla
Nina Backmanin taide ei perustu yhteen tekotapaan tai tyyliin saati materiaaliin tai mittakaavaan. Siksi mikään taiteilijaa puhutteleva aihe ei myöskään jää toteutumatta pelkästään ilmaisullisten rajoitteiden vuoksi. Hänen tähänastinen tuotantonsa sisältää valokuvia, valokuvamaalauksia, veistoksia, performansseja ja filmejä. Vierailu uusimmassa yksityisnäyttelyssä osoittaa, että luettelo kasvaa kaiken aikaa. Continue reading...