Kika Nicolela

Kika Nicolela is a Brazilian artist and independent curator based in São Paulo. Her works include single-channel videos, video-installations, performances and photography. After graduating in Film from the University of Sao Paulo (1994-2000), Nicolela studied Directing at UCLA University (2002). Her practice is based on the encounter with the other, mediated by the camera. Her videos often involve participatory methods, engaging communities or other artists in the creative process.

Nicolela’s works can be seen as experimentations in social interaction and self-exploration – for the participants, the viewers and herself. She has participated of nearly 100 solo and collective exhibitions internationally, in institutions such as Museum of Image and Sound, Paço das Artes, Centro Maria Antonia, CCSP and Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo); TPW Gallery (Toronto); KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin); Museum Ludwig (Cologne); Gallery Loop (Seoul); Randall Scott Gallery (New York); Institut Suédois and Point Ephémère (Paris); and Galeria Dels Àngels (Barcelona). Her videos have been screened and awarded in festivals of more than 35 countries, including: Kunst Film Biennale, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, Videoformes New Media & Video Art Festival, International Electronic Art Festival Videobrasil and São Paulo International Film Festival. She was also the recipient of the following Brazilian grants: Exhibition Abroad Grant, Biennial Foundation (2010); Travel Grant, Ministry of Culture (2010, 2007); Production Grant, São Paulo Arts Council (2007) and Recife Art Week (2006). Nicolela was nominated for the EMPAC Dance Films Commission (US, 2010, 2009), Itaú Cultural’s Rumos Cinema Award (Brazil, 2009), Sergio Motta Art and Technology Award (Brazil, 2007), Breaking the Chains Award (UNESCO, 2005) and Nascente Award (Brazil, 2000). She was selected for several artist-in-residence programs, including: Sumu (Finland), Rondo Studio (Austria), Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (Germany), Gyeonggi Creation Center (South Korea), Seoul Art Space Geumcheon (South Korea) and Route Fabrik (Switzerland). In 2010, she had a retrospective of her videos at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in Salvador, Brazil. Since 2008, she coordinates the Exquisite Corpse Video Project, an ongoing collaborative video series that involves more than 70 artists from 25 countries.



2010, 60:00 minutes, colour, Korean with English Subtitles


2010, 16:57 minutes, colour, Portuguese with English subtitles


2010, 10:44 minutes, B&W, German with English subtitles


2009, 06:11 minutes, colour, English


2009, 03:15 minutes, colour

Distant Affinities

2009, colour/B&W


2009, 02:43 minutes, B&W

What do you think of me?

2009, 16:18 minutes, B&W, Finnish with English subtitles

Let Me In!

2009, 105:00 minutes, colour, English


2008, 03:22 minutes, colour


2007, 10:58 minutes, colour


2007, 05:00 minutes, colour

Nós (We)

2007, 11:27 minutes, colour

Poema do Êxtase (Ecstasy Poem)

2006, 02:48 minutes, colour

Face a Face (Face to Face)

2006, 15:00 minutes, B&W, Portuguese with English subtitles

Fala Mulher! (Woman Cries Out!)

2005, 80:00 minutes, colour/B&W, Portuguese with English subtitles

Trópico de Capricórnio (Tropic of Capricorn)

2005, 30:00 minutes, colour, Portuguese with English Subtitles


2005, 11:00 minutes, colour

a/través (crossing)

2003, 09:00 minutes, colour

Critical Writing

Digital Spectrum of the Body
by Caroline Rodrigues. Kika Nicolela works: 2003-2010, 2010., 2010.