residency: February–August 2021

Nadia Elamly (Switzerland)

Nadia Elamly

was born in 1994 in Geneva, Switzerland and lives and works between Lausanne and Geneva. She graduated from the research-based MA in Critical Curatorial Cybermedia Studies (CCC) (2019) and the BA in Visual Arts (2016) at the Visual Arts department of University of Art and Design (HEAD) in Geneva. She is currently attending the HEAD’s PhD-Forum, organized by Doreen Mende and the CCC department and led by Anselm Franke.

Since 2017, she has been involved in various curatorial projects that led her to co-manage independent art spaces in Geneva (Topic) and Lausanne (Tunnel Tunnel). More recently, she has been the co-founder and co-editor of the online research and peer-to-peer art review, Playground, initiated by Julie Robiolle in 2020. Since 2015, alongside her cultural projects, Elamly has been working in community centres, as well as urban public spaces in Lausanne. She is also active in feminist militant collectives. These practices are essential to her artistic research, which addresses issues of urban and social ecologies via intersectional feminist perspectives. In her work, she seeks performative and narrative strategies holding the potential to reverse the development of la vi[ll]e hostile: a wordplay referencing a «hostile city» and a «hostile life» that points to processes making collective and/or communal environments inhospitable. She expresses and diffuses this research through a practice of m[e]ntage: intertwining practices of monter (editing/montage) and mentir (lying, mendacious, lat. mentir) understood as Speculative Fabulation and forms of Mythopoeia.


  • Curator
    • Julia Harasimowicz
  • Coordinator
    • Katarzyna Sztarbała

Film: Marta Wódz

The residency is funded thanks to financial support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.