Nina Haab



Nina Haab is a swiss artist born in 1985 in Bellinzona. She currently lives and works in Geneva, where she graduated with a M.A degree in visual arts from the Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design (HEAD). In 2012, she completed her studies in pedagogy at the University of Geneva. The same year, Nina Haab sees herself attributed an artist's studio by the city of Geneva, and was awarded with the Federal prize Swiss Art Award in Basel. In 2015-16 the artist was invited to participate at ABA an artist residency in Berlin, supported by Pro Helvetia. Nominated for the Prix Mobilière in 2019, in 2020 she was short-listed again for the Swiss Art Awards and was awarded with the Abraham Hermanjat Prize.


Collective memory is at the center of the artist research. Her practices explores the memories of others through their life stories, personal archives and meaningful places. These elements constitute the main inspiration and source material for her work, and her installations and films reimagine and represent her collaborators’ stories. Nina Haab is now particularly interested in the archetypal dimensions of autobiographies and how they relate to different locations and their respective local cultures. In that sense, memories construct personal and collective identities, and whether they true or false becomes less important than how they may provide new narrative material.


Selected solo exhibitions (*duo)


2022 – Challenge? With Beat Lippert, Galère gallery, Nyon (CH)*

2021 – So, here you are. Christine Boillat - Nina Haab, DuflonRacz gallery, Bruxelles (BE)*

            – Wiktor Dyndo - Nina Haab: Post-History, Szydlowski gallery, Varsovie (PL)*

2020 – Soll ich bleiben oder gehen?, espace eeeeh, Nyon (CH)

2019  – Il molteplice ridiventa uno, cur. Elisa Rusca, Fondazione Cesare Pavese, Santo Stefano Belbo (IT)

             – Edgelands. Christine Boillat and Nina Haab, gallery DuflonRacz, Bern (CH)*

2018  – Amnesie, cur. Elisa Rusca, Fondazione Archivio Fotografico Roberto Donetta, Corzoneso (CH)

2017  – Cabinet of engraved topicalities, gallery DuflonRacz, Bern (CH)

             – The life around a fake lake, cur. Joris Brantuas, gallery Latelier, Sète (F)

2016  – Salon n°2 : Identity of a resident stranger, cur. Yvonne Reiners, KW Institute for contemporary art  | Studiolo, Berlin (D)

2014  – Ways of, cur. Isaline Vuille, Kunstunion, Zurich (CH)

             – Actions, Reactions and Other Stories Nino Baumgartner & Nina Haab, Sonnenstube, Lugano (CH)*

2013  – Binding, cur. Federica Martini, standard/deluxe, Lausanne (CH)

2011  – Généalogie d’identité(s) with Carine Parola, DémArt, Lausanne (CH)*


Selected group exhibitions


2022 – Equilibres Précaires, Red Cross Museum, Geneva (CH)

            – Familiensache, cur. Simone Kobler and Céline Gaillard, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil-Jona (CH)

            – Panart Neuchâtel, cur. Gabriel Grossert, Neuchâtel (CH)

            – La Charge, cur. Andreas Hochuli, Circuit, Lausanne (CH)

2021 – A dessin 6, Chapelle du quartier haut, Sète (FR)

            – MEMORY, Kunstmuseum Olten (CH)

2020 – Artissima Unplugged. Stasi Frenetica, cur. Ilaria Bonacossa, GAM, Turin (IT)

             – IT’S MY PARTY: DEEP END, cur. Regaida Comensoli and Giada Olivotto - Sonnenstube, Bagni Pompeiani, Arzo (CH)

2020 – Salle d'attente, Laura Thiong-Toye, Halle Nord, Geneva (CH)

2019  – Feu sacré, Biennale Kugler, Usine Kugler, Geneva (CH)

             – Murmures, cur. Nina Schipoff, chapelle Saint-Maurice, Alby-sur-Chéran (F)

             – Prix Mobilière, Artgenève, Geneva (CH)

             – BIG PAINTINGS. Portraits, Still lifes, Landscapes, cur. Siripoj Chamroenvidhya, Gallery François Fontaine, Satigny (CH)

2018  – Emoticons, cur. Hadrien Dussoix, Body & Soul, Geneva (CH)

             – Sparring partner, cur. Gilles Bingisser, Castle of Aubais (F)

             – META - PAINTING, cur. Clarissa Chiaese, la rada, Locarno (CH)

2017  – UTOPIC PARK - Biennale Kugler, Usine Kugler, Geneva (CH)

             – MY ART GOES BOOM, cur. Joris Brantuas, Villa Dutoit, Geneva (CH)

             – 3x3 zeitgenössische Blicke auf Johann Schär, cur. Raffael Dörig and Claire Hoffmann, Kunsthaus Langenthal (CH)

2016  – Cross-border experiment, gallery Latelier, Sète (F)

             – Is Anybody Home, cur. Elisa Rusca, Diskurs, Berlin (D)

             – Swiss Art Awards 2016, Hall 4, Art Basel (CH)

             – Che c’è di nuovo?, cur. Elio Schenini, Dienstgebäude, Zurich (CH)

             – Che c’è di nuovo?, cur. Elio Schenini, Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano (CH)

2015  – Sviluppo-Parallelo, cur. Noah Stolz, Stella Maris, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne (CH)

2014  – Collettiva Humus Dance n°1, Humus Dance, Mendrisio (CH)

2013  – Banana Split, Sonnenstube, Lugano (CH)

2012  – Swiss Art Awards, Hall 4, Art Basel (CH)

             – Overgamed, Villa Dutoit, Geneva (CH)

2011   – Rathania’s, ars similis casus, Musée Rath, Geneva (CH)

             – 23 petits à petits, Lili’s Flat, Xi an (CN)

             – Café des rêves, Helmhaus, Zurich (CH)

2010  – Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, (master Trans) Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (CH)

2009  – Les Arts Incoherents Réactivés, Live in Your Head, Geneva (CH)

2008  – TIC TAC interne, Cité du temps, Swatch Center, Geneva (CH)



Prizes and Residencies


2020 –  Abraham Hermanjat Award

2020 – Nominated for Federal Prize, Swiss Art Awards

2019  – Nominated for Prix Mobilière

2016  – Nominated for Federal Prize, Swiss Art Awards

             – Nominated for Manor Art Prize, Ticino

2015-16  – ABA - AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz, Artist Residency, Berlin (D), Pro Helvetia (01.08.15 - 31.01.16)

2015  – Projet FAC,  Artist Residency with Stefano De Ponti, St-Ursanne, Jura (06.07.15 - 01.08.15)

2012  – Federal Prize, Swiss Art Awards





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