Résidence — Brussels

Nika Neelova

From 08/01/2019 to 28/02/2019

RESIDENCY FROM 08/01/2019 TO 28/02/2019
Fondation CAB is excited to welcome Nika Neelova (b. 1987, Moscow) as our fourth artist-in-residence at Fondation CAB.

The Moskou-born, London-based artist explores how the human body, the architectural space and the geology of the earth intertwine, and does so over a vast body of work ranging from sculpture to installation. In her research, she is mostly occupied with imagining how man-made artefacts and objects can appropriate individual agency, hinting at a future set out of linear time, evoking a world that precedes; includes and exceeds our current one.

Neelova delineates her methodology as “employing the tactics of reverse archaeology reading an alternative human history, by examining human-produced objects through the creation of speculative sites, artefacts and other physical remains.” This manifests itself in works that hover between the organic and the synthetic; between archaeological relics and futuristic proto-debris. Unearthed layers expose mutated ruins and explore the fluidity of matter through parallel; contradictory and disparate timelines.

This body of work touches on the occuring ecological catastrophe, and the anticipated anthropocene, balancing the tension between human bodies and human-created environments and their understood, but potentially mutated inherent power structure. Neelova lays this tension bare by deploying salvaged architectural materials fro, lived-in-environments, playing with recognisability and alienation.

In case you would like to discover Nika’s work more in-depth over a personal studio visit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Evelyn at evelyn@fondationcab.com