Born in 1973 in Munich, Germany. Lives and works in Montpellier, France.

Nadia Lichtig is a visual artist, writer and musician. She was born in Munich (Germany) to Czeck-Hungarian and Serbo-Croatian parents and lives and works in Montpellier (France). Nadia Lichtig has studied art and linguistics, a double training that she brings together in her artistic practice. Lichtig’s work is articulating questions about language, memory and trauma, investigating the bodily spaces that linguistic conditions move us into. In her multilayered series, collected testimonies are transposed in various media, investing how images are created, from stories that have been told. Lichtig uses a wide range of media such as photography, painting, performance and sound. Each medium is approached not as an area to be mastered, but as a source of possibilities to question our ability to decipher the present.

"My practice develops in the relationship between disparate elements, forms resulting from writings, reading notes, interviews, collected letters. The series move from one state to another, from text to sound, from sound to image, from image to voice. These successive transformations question the link between the origin of the project and what results from it. This link becomes tenuous, the transposition creates a new "space" that is built on the margins of reflection processes, by analogies, approximations, floating of the mind. My research and my intuition connect in regions where the question of a purpose becomes problematic, becoming rather: how fast are we living the present? With which grids do we read the present? How, through successive shifts can we 'empty language'? How does this thus created void ends up making a language of its own? "

Lichtig studied at the LMU Munich and the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France, She is professor of Fine Arts at the MoCo (moco.art) since 2009.


Nadia Lichtig's recent exhibitions, performances and publications include:

 

Recent shows include :

2019 Grammaires  fantômes, Maison de Heidelberg, Montpellier, (F)  ; Blank Spots (performance), Schwankhalle, Bremen, (G) ; We are in this together, we are not one and the same, Espace Artaud, Lyon (F) ; Phototropia, Maison de Heidelberg, Montpellier (F) ; Drawing Storage, Institut Français, Bologna (I) ; Memory Gardens, Hanse-Wissenschafts-Kolleg, Delmenhorst (G)  2018 It smells like... flowers and fragrances, Me Collectors Room / Olbricht Foundation, Berlin (G) cur. by Dr. Heike Fuhlbrügge ; Catching the Light, Kai 10 / Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf (G) cur. by Ludwig Seyfarth, ; La mémoire est l'avenir du passé, Galérie Boisanté (F) cur. by Clémence Boisanté ; Nachtstücke, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Freiburg (G) cur. by Dr. Heidi Brunnschweiler, 2017 Unfinished Sympathy, Maison de Heidelberg, Montpellier (F) ; A scientific encounter: on interobjectivity, Faculté de Medecine, Montpellier (F) cur. by Alistair Robinson ; Ghosttrap, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (G) cur. by Susanne Prinz, 2016  Salon du Salon #10, Salon du Salon #10, Marseille (F) cur. by Philippe Munda; French Connections — Perspectives on Support/Surface, Kunstsaele, Berlin (G) cur. by Dr. Heike Fuhlbrügge,  Art & Anthropology, Galerie im Körnrpark, Berlin (G)

Upcoming exhibitions, publications and performances include:

2020 Muij Utek, Zamek, Posnan, Poland, april/mai 2020 (exhibition/performance) ; ... as far back as I will remember, Intellect Books, Bristol, Great-Britain, 2020 (publication) ; Painting as Passage, Petitrama, Friche de Belle de Mai, Marseille, August/September 2020 (performances, edition) ; Dark Matter, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Canada, August/December 2020 (exhibition) ; 2021 Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada, January/April, 2021 (exhibition) ; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver Vancouver, Canada, 2021 (exhibition) ;  2022 Art Museum at the University of Toronto, U of T, Toronto, Canada, 2022 (exhibition).

Recent publications include:

... as far back as I will remember in "Post-Specimen", ed. Ed Juler and Alistair Robinson Intellect Books, Bristol (GB), 2020 (upcoming)

Grammaires fantômes / Phantomgrammatiken, ed. by Maison de Heidelberg / Goetheinstitut (F), 2020 (upcoming)

Bunkern, Privater Bunkerbau an Zellen, im Kalter Krieg und in Prepper-Fanatsien by Mona Schieren in "Re-Bunkern" ed. by Kathrin von Malzahn and Mona Schieren in collaboration with Franciska Zolyorn, 2019,  Argobooks, Berlin (G)

Phototropia, 2019, ed. by Maison de Heidelberg / Goetheinstitut (F)

Memory Gardens, 2019, ed. by Hansewissenschafts-Kolleg, Delmenhorst (G)

Unfinished Sympathy, 2018, ed. by Maison de Heidelberg / Goetheinstitut (F)

Ghosttrap (Multiple), 2017, ed. by Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (G)

Gossip as Testimony (Vinyls), 2016

Pictures of Nothing (Monograph) 2014, ed. by Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld (G)

Lichtig's works is included in public and private collections such as:

the Centre Pompidou, Paris (F) ; Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst (G) ; Musée d'art Contemporain, Sérignan (F) ; URDLA, Lyon (F) ; Terra Art Foundation, Paris/Chicago (F/US), the Collection of the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (F), the  Fuhlbrügge & Müller collection (G),  the Abay Maskara collection (India).

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2015 A Foreign Encounter, Foe Gallery, Munich (G) /  MAD #1, Maison Rouge  Paris (F) / Solo: Gossip as Testimony, Kunstverein L40, Berlin (G) 2014 Solo: Pictures of Nothing, Raum für Zweckfreiheit, Berlin (G) / Ruinen der Gegenwart, bei Steinbrenner/Dempf, Vienna, (A) / Commissariat pour un arbre #5, Piacé le radieux, Marseille (F) / Pictures of Nothing, Nuit des Musées, Centre d'art de Sérignan  (F)  2013  Solo: Memory Gardens, l’annexe, Musée de Sérignan (F) / Peanuts of Joy, Frankfurt (G) Commissariat pour un abre 4#, Bordeaux (F) / Commissarait pour un arbre #3, Collège des Bernardins, Paris (F) 2012 La Bedouze, Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Besançon (F), Commissariat pour un arbre #2, 7.5, Paris (F), Commissariat pour un arbre #1, Le village Royal, Paris (F) 2010 Frasq, Gentilly (F) Cardew, Culturegestes, Porto,( P) / Everything is real, Gallery Abhay Maskara, Bombay (India) / Falseparklocation, Le nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris (F) 2009 RDV, IAC Villeurbanne, Biennale de Lyon (F) / Le printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (F) L.A.2009, Centre d’art Les Arques (F) / Concours de Monuments, Le Dojo, Nice (F)/  Cornelius Cardew ou la liberté de l’écoute, CAC Bretigny (F) / Surprises musicales, Centre d’art du domaine départemental de Chamarande (F) Exit, Carré rotondes, Luxembourg (L) 2008 Solo: Snakes & Ladders , Gallery Abhay Maskara, Bombay (India)  / Valeurs croisées, Biennale de Rennes (F) / Ghosts, Galerie des Multiples, Paris (F) / Umetnice, Belgrade, (S) / Tropic FM, Le Plateau, Paris (F) 2007 Ghosttrap, La Villette Sonique, Paris (F) / Les inaccoutumés, Ménagerie de Verre, Paris (F) / Ghosttrap, ENBA-Valence (F) / Gold, Miss China, Paris (F) 2006 One day recordings, Nuit Blanche, Galerie LH, Paris (F) Bright...shift, Galerie Miss China, Paris (F) / Lost in Paradise, Nuits tropicales Palais de Tokyo, Paris (F) / Lucky Numbers, Borderline, Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg (L) 2005 EchoparK, Tadu Gallery, Bangkok (Taïland) / Falseparklocation, Bedsupperclub, Printemps d’Asie, Bangkok (T) / Popisme, ENBA, Tours (F) / Le Placard, Glassbox, Paris (F) 2004 Live, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (F) / Prosissmic, Espace Ricard, Paris (F) 2003 SoloEar, eye, here, Secession, Vienne, (A) We don’t play, Ménagerie de Verre, Paris (F) 2002 L’art c’est secondaire, ENSBA-Paris (F) / Anomalie italienne, Lima, Turin, (I) 2001 «Txt»., Public, Paris (F) 2000 Chateau, d’Oiron, Oiron (F) 1999 Solo (with Alain Bublex): La barge du désir, Berges du Rhône, Lyon (F)

 

selected concerts / lectures / performances

2017 Klanggarten, jardin de la reine, Goethe Institut/Heidelberghaus, Montpellier (F) 2016 La Panacée, Montpellier (F) / Miss China, Rue Française, Paris (F) / Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (F) / Université Paris 8 (F) / Miss China, Paris (F) / 2015 La Générale, Paris, Sèvres / Kunstverein am Rosa Luxemburg Platz, Berlin (G) / Snap Projects, Lyon, Biennale de Lyon / Resonances (F), Jardin des Plantes / University of Montpellier, Montpellier (F), Kunstpunkte, Salzmannbau, Düsseldorf (G) 2014 Centre d'art la Panacée, Montpellier (F) 2010 Centre Pompidou, Paris (F) 2009 Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (F) 2008 Le Plateau, Paris (F) Abay Maskara Gallery, Bombay (India) 2006 Palais de Tokyo Paris (F), Le Placard, La Générale, Belleville, Paris (F) 2005 Bed Supper Club, Bangkok (Tailand) Tadu Gallery, Bangkok (Tailand) 2004 Palais de Tokyo, Paris (F) 2003 Secession, Vienne (Austria) 2002 Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris 2001 txt., Public, Paris (F)

education

2003 postgradual studies «Le collège invisible» Marseille (F), with Paul Devautour 2002 assistant of Mike Kelley, Los Angeles (USA) 2001 Carnigan Mellon University, Pittsburgh (USA) Sorbonne 1, Paris (F) 2001 Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, avec félicitations à l'unanimité,  head of jury: Christian Bernard, studio: Jean-Luc Vilmouth 1999 Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

 

awards / public space projects

2013 Institut Francais / London, French Ambassy Great Britain 2012 Collection Musée d'art contemporain de Sérignan 2011 1% artistique Sérignian (F), public art project 2009 Dicream, CNC Ile-de-France 2008 Biennale de Rennes, publique art project, Résidence Synagogue de Delme (F) 2007 Institut Français / Bombay, French Ambassy India 2006 Résidency Miss China, Paris 2005 Institut Français / Bangkok, French Ambassy Thailand 2004 ENSBA-Paris, Aide à la diffusion 2003 DRAC Ile - de - France, Aide à la création 2002 ENSBA - Paris Premier prix de la photographie, Collection Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris 2001 Terra Art Foundation Residency, Musée d’Art Américain, Giverny, Prix URDLA, prix d’édition, Villeurbanne 1999 Prix de Paris, Mairie de Paris

 

lecturing

since 2009 professor at the Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier (MOCO) (F) 2016 Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (F) 2015 University of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle (GB) 2013 UdK Berlin (G) 2009 Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nancy (F) / Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Toulon (F) 2008 Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Valence (F) 2007 Shrishti School of Art and Technology Bangalore (India) 2005 Silpakorn University Bangkok (Thailand)

bio

Nadia Lichtig studied linguistics at the LMU Munich in Germany and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France with Jean-Luc Vilmouth, where she graduated with honors in 2001, before assisting Mike Kelley in Los Angeles, U.S. the same year. She taught at the Shrishti School of Art and Technology, Bangalore, India as a visiting professor in 2006, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Valence in 2007, and is professor of Fine Arts at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-arts of Montpellier (MOCO-ESBA), France since 2009. She has collaborated with musicians who are also visual artists, such as Bertrand Georges (Audible), Christian Bouyjou (Popopfalse), Nicolu (La Chatte), Nina Canal (Ut) and Michael Moorley (The dead C). Nadia Lichtig worked and works under several group names and pseudonyms (until 2009: EchoparK, Falseparklocation, Skrietch, Ghosttrap and Nanana).