Nissa Nishikawa’s multidimensional practice comprises performance, poetry, painting, sculpture and moving image. She researches and interprets traditional forms of dance, ritual and craft in ways that illuminate animistic and alchemical philosophies with an embodied and structural approach. Nishikawa often works in the open-air and studios equipped to house fire; interconnecting the layers of the arcane with the supra-sensual, the living earth and various conscious inhabitants.


2012-2014     Mevlevi Turning, The Study Society, London

2008-2009     MA in Performance with distinction, Goldsmiths, London

2006-2007     Stage Arts, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

2000-2004     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

Selected art works

2024  FOR OUR SPIRITS  Solo exhibition.  Camden Arts Centre, London

2023  THE CIRCULATION OF ANIMALS IS THE EPOCH OF FIRE.  Wonderfruit Festival, Pattaya, Thailand

2022  WE PRAISE (Performance with SERAFINE1369's The Long Night) Somerset House, London, UK

2022  SHINTAI 12 (Ceramics) & THE FREQUENCY OF METEORITE IS OUR ANCESTORS SINGING (film)  Group show: Bury the Bridge, DUPLEX, NYC.

2022  THE FREQUENCY OF METEORITE IS OUR ANCESTORS SINGING (film).  Thee Birth, The White Hotel, Salford, UK

2022  Ceramics for Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome  GO, GO, GO BEYOND.  The Roberts Institute of Art, London

2021  GATHERING with sound by Naima Karlsson and Xristian Espinoza. Group show: Cosmos, 6 Agustin Gonzalez, Mexico City, Mexico

2021  LET THE BODY (Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome), Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

2021  DIRT (Ceramic installation)  Group show: Extraterra.  Diasporas Now/Harslesden High Street, London

2021 PRIMORDIAL SKY.  Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, London

2020   MY MEAT IS NOT YOUR MEDICINE  Mexican Arts Society, London

2020   MY MEAT IS NOT YOUR MEDICINE Sound by Kenichi Iwasa and Maxwell Sterling.  Rio Cinema, London

2020     HOUX   På Den Anden Side Biennale, Mön, Denmark

2019    An organ of Omatera  Wellcome Collection, London

2019     MUDRA  In collaboration with Naima Karlsson..  New River Studios, London

2019     THE HUM. In collaboration with Naima Karlsson.   Tagarp Schoolhouse, Sweden.

2019     CLIMATE I    Music by Sayaka Botanic and Kensuke Hoshi. LANDR, Tokyo

2019     RELATIONS OF FIRE film screening  The Palace of Ritual, Palazzo Dona, Venice, Italy

2019     DEN with performance TENKO NO SEISHIN, Group show: Sisyphus in Retrograde   Regents Place,  

2018     FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME     Image Movement, Sprueth Magers, Berlin

2018     THE HUM. In collaboration with Naima Karlsson   St. Leonard's Church, London

2018     All-gender ceramic urinal and STP's   Commission by Compost Mentis/Phytology, Bethnal Green
            Nature Reserve, London

2018     FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME  Universe, LifeSport, Athens, Greece

2018     AMA 7  Cob Gallery, London

2018    THIS IS THE HUNT  Æther, Sofia, Bulgaria

2018    FOR HER, Group show with Anish Kapoor, Boomoon, Damien Hirst and Gary Hume. CCASM Contemporary, Sommerville
            House,  Jersey, Channel Isles

2017    FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME with Fritz Stolberg  Rio Cinema, London

2017    DANCE OF DAYS Programme, Apiary Studios, London

2016    SILENT PROTEST  Film in progress, Medicine Hat, Alberta and Browing, Montana

2016    THE INTERPRETER with Noriko Okaku   Tom's Etching Studio, London

2016   FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME  In collaboration with FRitz Stlberg and Bo Ningen, International Festival of             Projections, University of Kent

2016    FEAST  Saint Leonard's Church, London

2015    Nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Artist Award

2015  FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME  In collaboration with Fritz Stolberg and Bo Ningen, Station to Station,             Barbican Gallery, London

2015    AN ANIMAL MORNING   The Medina, Tanger, Morocco

2015   THERE ARE EYES ABOVE with Josephine Foster The American Legation Museum, Tanger, Morocco

2015    PURGE  Power Station of Art, Shanghai and twenty institutions in the Netherlands. Curated by J&K

2014    SHADOWS with Group A   Kata Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo

2014    DANCERBATION   Shoreditch Town Hall, London


2013    THE FAMILIAR EARTH Colony, Anarch Gallery, London

2013    RELATIONS OF FIRE   Lower Hewood Farm, Dorset, London


2013    BLOOD GROWS COLD with Ebe Oke  The Kitchen, New York, NY. Curated by Laurie Anderson

2013    VENUS TRANSIT SUN  The Wayward Gallery, London

2013    AMANNAZOTHA  The October Gallery, London

2013    PANT   The Rose Lipman Building, London

2012    GOLDEN OPULENCE SERENDIPITY SUNDAY Red Space Gallery, Clerkenwell, London

2012    SOUND with Ebe Oke   Punkt Festival, Kristiansand, Norway. Curated by Brian Eno

2012    A WELCOMING   Floda 31, Umea, Sweden

2012    TWISTING AT THE END OF A STORY with Hilary Koob Sassen Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

2012    5 AGGREGATES OF MOTION with Fritz Stolberg Siobahn Davies Studio, London


2011    THE FIFTEEN EYES OF AXOMAMMA [I Shall Become A Perfect Dead Woman] Jersey Opera House,

2011    THE POLYOPIA OF PURPLE: A Radio Play with Makoto Kawabata NTS RADIO, London

2011    IN THE WAKE OF THE NIGHTSHADE   Camden Arts Centre, London

2011    THE 2nd ACTION OF ANTI/FORM   Palace of Arts/Mucsarnok/Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary

2011    FISH PLAY  Projections, Modtar Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010    RITE OF AUGURY Swedenborg Society, London

2009    YU  The Marc Blanco Theatre, London

2009    SEAHORSE SOUP   Shunt, London

2009    THE COMEDY OF UNHAPPINESS   Monotsropati Festival, Budapest, Hungary

2007   A READING with Adrian Mitchell and Michael Horovitz   The Art Workers' Guild, London

2006    OPEN AIR PERFORMANCES  Yamanashi and Saitama, Japan

2004    BIRTH OF THE TREE  Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen, Montreal, Quebec

2004    SCUM  Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen, Montreal, Quebec


2016  American Legation Museum, Tangier, Morocco

2014  Troy Town Pottery, Open School East, London

2014  Jersey Arts Trust, Jersey, Channel Islands

2012  Worlds in Transit (Super/Collider), Floda 31, Umea, Sweden

2011  Chisenhale Dance Space, London

2010  Swedenborg Society, London

Choreography and Performance for film

2015  UR Feeling. Directed by Simon Martin. In association with FLAMIN
2013  The Chimera of M. Directed by Sebastian Buekner. In association with FLAMIN
2012  Of This, Men Shall Know Nothing! Directed by Fritz Stolberg. Animate Projects Award for Best Experimental Film, London Short Film Festival
2011 Transcalar Investment Vehicles. Directed by Hilary Koob-Sassen. In association with FLAMIN: Film London Productions and IDA Project