Biography

Nicolas Cilins was born in France in 1985 and currently lives and works in Geneva. He holds a BA in Visual Arts from Villa Arson in Nice and a diploma of performance art from HEAD/Geneva University of Art and Design.

Recent works have been shown in:
— Museums
Museo Vincenzo Vela, CH, 2018
Kunstmuseum Bern, CH, 2017
Palais de la Porte Dorée ­— Musée National de l’immigration, Paris, FR, 2017
MuCem — Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerannée, Marseille, FR, 2016
MacVal ­— Musée d'art contemporain du val de marne, Paris, FR, 2015
Musées d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève, CH, 2015


Cilins' works have been supported by several prizes and awards from private and public institutions:
Robert Bösch Stiftung, DE, 2019
Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, DE, 2019
Swiss Art Awards, CH, 2018
Fondation Irène Reymond, CH, 2018
FCAC Genève, CH, 2017
FMAC Genève, CH, 2016
FNAGP Paris, FR, 2015
La Mobilière 2015
Förderpreis für Videokunst 2014
Kiefer Hablitzel prize 2013




— Theatre festivals
Zona K, Milan, IT, 2018
Arsenic, Centre d’art scénique contemporain, CH, 2018
FAB — Festival international des arts de Bordeaux métropole, FR, 2017
La Bâtie, Festival de Genève, CH, 2017
Inteatro, Festival de Ancona, IT, 2017
Far*, festival des arts vivants de Nyon CH 2016

— Film festivals
FIFDH, Festival du film et forum international des droits humains, Genève, CH, 2018
Les états Généraux du Documentaire, FR, 2017
Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin, DE, 2015
FID, Festival international de cinéma, Marseille, FR, 2012



Public collections include:
Arsenal, Institut for film and Video Art, Berlin, Germany
FRAC Poitou-Charentes, France
Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
FCAC Fonds Cantonal d’Art Contemporain de Genève

Cilins had been teaching at Geneva University of Art and Design until 2014. He has also translated W.J.T. Mitchell’s seminal book ’What do pictures want?’ published in France by Les Presses du Réel.