August 2020

Residency —Goethe Institut Marseille


25 August—5 November 2020

Staying with the Trouble in Painting

Building Canebière, Marseille (France) —la Canebière 73-75, Marseille

organized by SWTTIP

8 October — 9 October 2020

Journées d'études

Image fantôme

Aix-Marseille Université,

Maison de la Recherche, Aix-en-Provence (France) and online

organized by Nicole Colin & Nadia Lichtig

21 October 2020—8 January 2021

Opening on Monday, October 19, 2020

Dust: the plates of the present

Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
commissaire : Florian Ebner
Photogram project (2013 – 2018) co-founded by Thomas Fougeirol and Jo-ey Tang

6 November 2020—10 January 2021

Sensory Orders

Center for Contemporary Art Laznia,Gdansk (Poland)

curated by Chris Salter and Eric Adigard

18 November—20 November 2020

Visiting Curator

Studio visits for Bremen based artists

on invitation of

Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany

4 December 2020

Post-Specimen — Encounters Between Art, Science and Curating

Book release, Intellect Books, Bristol (GB)

Chapter 7: ... as far back as I will remember

edited by A.Robinson & Ed Juler

9 January–11 April 2021

Drift: Art and Dark Matter

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queens University, Kingston (Canada)

curated by Sunny Kerr

New Viewings

Barbara Thumm Galerie, Berlin (Germany)






Short bio:
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My name is Nadia Lichtig (pause)  and I was born in Munich (pause) and grew up between several countries (extended pause) I studied linguistics in Berlin (pause) and sculpture at Academy of Fine Arts in Paris at Jean Luc Vilmouth’s studio (extended pause) Subsequently (pause) I assisted Mike Kelley in Los Angeles (extended pause)  I now live and work in the South of France (pause) where I teach at the MOCO in Montpellier (pause)  an academy of Fine Arts (pause) attached to a museum and exhibition spaces (extended pause)


I am an interdisciplinary artist, curator and researcher (pause) (extended pause)  My research navigates between several mediums (pause) such as language (pause) sound (pause) scent (pause) drawing and photography (pause) that I combine (extended pause, clack of the tongue) I am interested in making fears material (pause) to give shape to anxieties (extended pause) but without wanting to assign them a meaning (pause) and without wanting to specify where or why they appear (light clack of the tongue, extended pause)

Inherent to my practice is translation (extended pause) I transpose from one medium to another (pause) from one state to another (extended pause) in order to instore a form of referencelessness (extended pause) In my series (pause) I move from text to voice (pause) from voice to drawing (pause) from drawing to printing or photography and vice versa (extended pause) The content lies in the ambivalences (pause) the loss or gain (pause) the unexpected that appears during these processes of transposition (extended pause)

For me (pause) painting is not linked to a specific materiality or format (pause) it is a process of thought (light clack of the tongue, extended pause) a process of thought that activly implies the body (pause) and that defined itself by its multidimensionality (extended pause) Unlike spoken language which has only one dimension (pause) its extension in time (pause) and writing which has two coordinates (pause) surface and time (pause) painting allows a construction of language of four dimensions (pause) the three spatial coordinates accessible to the body (pause) as well as a temporal dimension with its grammatical possibilities (extended pause)

In my practice (pause) by the constant permutation of sound, scent and pictorial forms (pause) each medium is approached not as a domain to be mastered (pause) but as a source of possibilities to question our capacity to perceive and construct knowledge (extended pause) Rather than finality (pause) my research is calling for questions such as (pause) How through successive shiftings (pause) 'empty language' (rising intonation of the voice, extended pause) And how (pause) this 'void' does create language in turn (rising intonation of the voice, extended pause)


Upcoming exhibitions:

2020 Dust (group), Centre Pompidou, Paris (France) ; Painting as Passage (residency), Goethe-Institut / Petitrama, Friche de Belle de Mai, Marseille (France); Staying in the trouble with painting (group), building Canebière (Marseille) ; Drift (group), Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston (Canada) ;  ... as far back as I will remember, peformance / publication atIntellect Books, Bristol (Great-Britain) ; 2021 I write in a foreign language (group), St.Petersburg (Russia), Muij Utek (solo), Zamek, Posnan (Poland) ; Carleton University Art Gallery (group), Ottawa, (Canada) ; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC (group) Vancouver Vancouver (Canada)  2022 Art Museum at the University of Toronto, U of T (group) Toronto (Canada)








Recent shows (selection):

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

Recent publications (selection):

Post-Specimen, Intellect Books, Bristol (GB), ed. by Ed Juler and Alistair Robinson, 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, Argobooks, Berlin (G), 2019,

Phototropia, 2019, ed. by Maison de Heidelberg / Goetheinstitut (F), 2018

Monograph: Kerber Verlag

Part of public and private collections (selection):

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

Older exhibitions (selection):

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 Solo:  Ear, 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 (selection):

2019 Schwankhalle, Bremen (G) 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)

Awards / public space projects (selection):

2020 Residency / Goethe Institut Marseillle 2018/19 Residency / Fellow of the Hanse-WIssenschafts-Kolleg / Institute for advanced research (G) 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 (selection):

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)

Education (selection):

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