(Burkina Faso, 1971) is a Dutch artist, who lives and works in Amsterdam. Her
work consists of photos and video’s (natural phenomena) and installations
Nicky Zwaan creates
conditions in which man sees himself observing his surroundings. By giving a
twist to everyday phenomena, the mechanism of perception becomes the central
theme. Her work reflects the surrounding world, until
the reality of this
perception reveals itself. Zwaan’s work
seems at first sight magical and secondly it makes clear that the magic does
not take place here, but in the 'normal' way we see the ordinary reality.
Open source, street of sculptures (Amsterdam, 2009), Solo exh Gallery Diana
Stigter (Amsterdam, 2008), Olympic one minute exhibition (Today Art museum,
China, 2008), Shanghai fringe videofestival (China, 2006), Openings exh Stedelijk
museum (Amsterdam, 2004), Rencontres Internationales (Berlin/Paris, 2003),
Facing Korea (Seoul, 2003)
Nicky Zwaan received several awards, including The René Coëlhoprize 2000, the
Photo of the year 2007 (The Limburger), and a nomination for the best Video of
the World in 2005.
Teaching: Since 2007
Nicky Zwaan is a tutor at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.