Nina Kurtela (born in Zagreb, Croatia) works in the cross-media field of research and creates her art between various disciplines such as the visual and performing arts. Her practice does not exclude any medium and her conceptual and multidisciplinary approach provides a chance to all means of production. Her work is therefore often multidisciplinary and site-specific, engaging specific communities, questioning monetary values, or exploring the notions of exchange through which different social relations are established. While examining identity and intimacy, she explores the ways in which different actions of the body and especially the specific social, cultural, and urban spheres determinate human behaviour, influence our experience, and affect us. Kurtela often uses situations from everyday life and places them into a different context in order to render them visible and expand their meaning. She is interested in dedication, duration, and time. She explores the idea of immaterial labour in relation to everyday life, engaging specific communities or using her own body in order to question the exclusiveness of art, which serves to erase the distinction between the makers and the observers. For the past few years, she has been actively exhibiting her work across Europe and has received numerous scholarships and awards.
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.