Nissa Nishikawa

Nissa Nishikawa (based in London) works with performance, painting, ceramics, glass, and film. Her practice interprets traditional forms of dance, ritual and craft in ways that illuminate the current crisis in ecology and community. She engages with alchemical and animistic practices through the use of elemental base materials, forging processes of transformation that are intuitively informed by a close observation of the intelligence of nature and the non-human as systems of navigation. This ongoing fascination extends to the embodied principles of movement while bringing together many disciplines in one space.


Selected exhibitions include This Is The Hunt, Æther, Sofia, Bulgaria (2018); For Her, CCASM Contemporary Sommerville House, Jersey, Channel Isles (2018); From This World To That Which Is To Come, with Fritz Stolberg, Rio Cinema, London (2017); Dance of Days, Programme, Apiary Studios, London (2017); Silent Protest, Film in progress, Medicine Hat, Alberta and Browning, Montana (2016); The Interpreter with Noriko Okaku, Tom’s Etching Studio, London (2016); Feast, Saint Leonard’s Church, London (2016); From This World To That Which Is To Come, Station to Station, Barbican Gallery, London (2015); Purge, Power Station of Art, curated by J&K, Shanghai and twenty institutions in the Netherlands (2015); and In The Wake Of The Nightshade, Camden Arts Centre, London (2011). The artist has completed residencies in London, Morocco and Sweden, and lead workshops at the 'Architectural Association', Camden Arts Centre, London and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.