Nina Kurtela was born in Zagreb, Croatia. In her work she is busy with the cross media field of research and creation between disciplines such as visual and performing arts. Her practice does not exclude any medium and with its conceptual and multidisciplinary approach gives a chance for any means of production to be realized. The work is often multidisciplinary, site-specific, engages particular communities, questions monetary values and explores notions of exchange through which different social relations are established. While examining identity and intimacy she question how can different actions of the body in particular social, cultural and urbanistic sphere determinate the human behavior, influence experience and affect us. She often uses situations from every day life and places them into another contexts in order to render them visible and expand their meaning. She is interested in dedication, duration and time. She explore idea of immaterial labor in relation to everyday life, both engaging particular communities or using her own body thru which she questions exclusiveness of art in attempt to erase the distinction between the makers and observers.
In past several years she has been actively exhibiting her work across Europe trough various fields such as solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, film festivals, screenings, theater /dance /performance festivals and venues such as Tanz Im August, Berlin / Tanz Nacht, Berlin / Transmediale, Berlin / Sophiensaelle, Berlin / MSU, Zagreb / HKW, Berlin / HDLU, Zagreb / MUMOK, Vienna / 104 Paris / Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow / Essl Museum, Vienna / Glyptotheque HAZU, Zagreb / National Museum of Kosovo, Prishtina, Kosovo / Gallery Nova, Zagreb / Gallery VN, Zagreb / Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Serbia, etc.
Her recent artistic scholarships and awards include: HIAP Standard Residence Program, Helsinki, Finland 2013 / X-border Art Biennial scholarship award, Norrbottens Museum, Luleå, Sweden 2013 / GeoAIR Artist in Residence program, Tbilisi, Georgia 2013 / CEC Arts Link Fellowship Award 2012, New York / Radoslav Putar Award 2011 finalist, Institute for Contemporary Art - SCCA, Zagreb / Artist in Residence program 2011 KulturKontakt Austria, Vienna / Youth Artists Prize CEE 2010 - Henkel Art Award, MUMOK, Vienna / HAVC - Croatian audiovisual center, film production grant 2010 / DanceWeb scholarship at the Impulstanz festival 2007, Vienna / ESSL Art Award CEE 2007, ESSL museum Vienna.