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Nicola Canavan


Born in North East England (UK), Nicola Canavan has been performing and showing work nationally and internationally since 2007 within programmes such as Momentum Festival (Brussels), ]performance s p a c e[ (London), Inbetween Time Festival (Bristol), City of Women (Ljubljana) and SPILL National Platform (Ipswich).

She has collaborated with Photographer Predrag Pajdic, Photographer & Film Maker Manuel Vason, artists Kris Canavan (Husband) and Ernst Fischer and has recently been awarded the Artists International Development Fund from Arts Council England and the British Council to work with Berlin based artist Jon John.

Canavan’s practice is rooted in action based performance and spans live work, documentations of its products & traces and the re presentation of these in other forms. She questions notions of beauty, pain and expectation through a silent but poetic language which transforms brutal acts into tender and generous anecdotes of allegiance. By acknowledging and resisting the sacred and divine she installs layers of symbol through the modification and manipulation of the flesh, and pursues rituals that transcend the body.

There is an inherent contradiction between the physical demands Canavan places upon her body and the stillness that is matched by the slow passage of time.

Date Title Venue City
27 June 2013 Nicola Canavan: In Conversation Toynbee Studios
Bittersweet (2010). Photo by Nada Zgank.