Nikki Forrest

Nik Forrest (born 1964) is a visual and media artist who lives in Montreal. Born in Edinburgh,[1] their practice includes drawing, installation and sound art. They completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985 and a master's degree in open media from Concordia University in 1995.[2]

They is best known for short experimental videos.[3] They has participated in international artist residencies including the CALQ residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina and The Canada Council studio at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. Their work is included in collections at The National Gallery of Canada,[1] The Saskatchewan Arts Board[4] and Concordia University.[5]

They directed the film My Heart the Rock Star in 2001 as part of a video collaboration with artists Annie Martin and Nelson Henricks titled "My Heart." This was a reflective piece focusing on childhood memory and gender fluctuation.[6][7] They has been involved in sound and video performances including Leibig12 (in collaboration with audio artist Nancy Tobin) in Berlin in 2014.



2003, 06:00 minutes, Colour, English


2002, 24:00 minutes, colour & B & W, English


2002, 04:00 minutes, B&W, English

My Heart the Rock Star

2001, 02:00 minutes, colour, English

Stravaig Errance

1999, 09:35 minutes, colour, English


1997, 09:00 minutes, colour, English


1995, 07:00 minutes, colour, English

Imagined Self

1990, 04:00 minutes, colour, English

Anima / Animus

1989, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

by Sylvie Gilbert. Video HEROES, 2004.
My Heart
by Shawna Dempsey. Poolside, 2003. Winnipeg: Video Pool Inc., 2003.
In situ
by Melina Clifford and Gaetane Verna.
Speaking Bodies
by Nicole Gingras. Exhibition Catalogue, 2000. Ottawa: Gallery 101, 2000.
Who's Afraid of Film & Video in Scotland?: The Exhibition of...
by Ann Vance. Variant, Summer 1999, v. 2, no. 8.
Great Scots: Video artists record what's Glasgowing on
by Keith Marchand. Mirror, Nov. 26, 1998.
Videos d'Ecosse: Video From Scotland
by Nikki Forrest. Videos d'Ecosse, 1998. Montreal: articule, 1998.
La rentrée vidéo
by Marie-Michèle Cron. VOIR (Montréal edition), Aug. 28, 1997.
CineCycle show probes age of edited identities
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Feb. 8, 1996.
Gays and Guns: Diversity in Mois de la Photo
by Henry Lehmann. Montreal Mirror, Sept. 21, 1995.