Nicole Bachmann
passing me around

Espace DIAPHANES Zurich


Opening: 2.06., 18 Uhr


passing me around

along the rims, 2021, HD video 25 mins
around in spirit, 2021 size: 190 x 150 cm, indian ink, paper, gerahmt


Nicole Bachmann's video ‘along the rims’ (HD Single Channel Video) presents three performers outdoor in the natural landscape of Hackney Marshes, in London. Based around collaboration, exchange and the proximity of bodies, the performers’ move and speak together and individually. A fourth presence of the artist behind the camera is also felt within the ensemble. The speech shifts from understood language to utterings. 

Bachmann considers Donna Haraway’s term “tentacular thinking”, which applies to the networks and exchanges we create, and how alliances are formed in unexpected ways because of this. By taking the work outside the white cube, she encourages the viewer to reflect on this notion through human’s kinship with animals, evolution, and ecology.

With Nandi Bhebhe, Patricia Langa and Cian McConn

Curated by Damian Christinger

Can performance art still be radical?





Espace DIAPHANES Zürich
Löwenbräukunst, Ebene A
Limmatstrasse 270



Montag – Freitag 8 – 20h
Samstag / Sonntag 10 – 18h



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). She works across video, text, sound and performance, to situate the body as a site of knowledge production using movement and voice to create alternative forms of discourse. 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. 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 knowledge production exists within.

She has been exhibited internationally at galleries, institutions, biennials and fairs, including: Whitstable Biennale, UK; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Performance Exchange Art Fair London, (all forthcoming); Fondazione Merz, Palermo, I; Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, CH; Manifesta 11, Zurich, CH; ADM Gallery, collateral event Singapore Biennale 2019, SG; ICA, London, UK; Kunsthalle St.Gallen, CH; Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK; Darling Foundation, Montreal, CA; Tenderpixel, London, UK; Block Universe, 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; New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, USA; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK; Kunsthalle Basel, CH; Mimosa House, London, UK; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, FR; E-Werk Freiburg, DE.

She is co-editor of DEARS, a magazine on transversal writing.
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