First Artist in Residence


Lera Kelemen (b. 1994) is an artist and sound designer from Timișoara, Romania. Her practice has an interdisciplinary approach, focusing on sound and publication through which she interrogates the notions of space, usership, language and the dynamics of the built environment on the way we define our narratives. She has participated in a number of projects including collaborations with Simultan Festival, Kunsthalle Bega and Art Encounters.

For the residency, she explored the design of semi-circular structures that are used as a metaphor for memory palaces. Quoting Giulio Camillo’s Memory Amphitheatre (Teatro della Memoria), the semicircular space represents the organisation of human knowledge in physical space, filled with symbols. The round shape generates a fluid movement and plays a role in the sonic experience as well, defining the optimum position for the listener to perceive the stereo image. The installation will be used as a physical support to create a connection between textual and sonic signs. Memmonade is the last work from Lera Kelemen, it was visible at Niki during Zinnober 2020.

Lera’s stay is the beginning of an exchange residency program from Art Encounters and Niki Residency.

Talk – 3.12.2019, 19:00

Weissenburgstrasse 2A,
30161 Hannover

Nicolas de Ribou (France, 1983) lives and works between Belgium, France and Spain. He developps independent curatorial projects since 2009, and has worked as production manager at Le Fresnoy (France, 2009-2011), collection manager at Family Servais Collection (Belgium, 2011-2016), and was also the artistic director of Poppositions, the alternative art fair in Brussels (Belgium, 2016) and Supersimetrica, international gathering of independant art spaces in Madrid (Spain, 2018). His recent projects include ‘Souvenir de Mwene Mutapa’ at La Box, Bourges (2017, FR), ‘La piel del mundo’ at Josedelafuente, Santander (2017,ES), ‘Remake, another script proposal’ at Hypercorp, Brussels (2018, BE) ‘The plot is in the process of writing’ at SB34-ThePool, Brussels (2019, BE) ‘Chaosmos X, se souvenir de demain’ at Mécènes du Sud, Montpellier (2019, FR)

His research aims at understanding the emergence of artistic practices in different territories and contexts. What do they give us to see and understand about our societies and the world we’re living in? How do they help us to build a relation to the others? How do they help us to understand History but also put into question our certitude or the ones that some want to impose us?

Talk – 19.11.2019, 19:00

Weissenburgstrasse 2A,
30161 Hannover

A talk on ways of doing and sharing while curating as gleaner. Her practice attends and collects those positions or manifestations of social thought that given their radical nature, are usually excluded or consigned to the margings

Violeta Janeiro Alfageme (Vigo, 1982). Curator and researcher. Her work articulates practices of collaborative nature. Reflects the possibilities of the community making through projects that explore alternatives in the production, reception and channeling of art.

Her projects experiment with methodologies and forms of action and participation that are cause and effect on the development of the exhibition, rehearsing ways of being together with that unique ability that Art has to dismantle any fixed structure, projecting assumptions and impossibles.

Currently a PhD candidate from the University of Santiago de Compostela. Curates the residency program The city of the bodies that indulge in it at Planta Alta. Works with the collections of Enaire Foundation in further exhibitions at Madrid and Santander, and the CA2M and ARCO collections for the Itiner shows of the Madrid Region. Teaches at Node Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin.

She has worked as Curatorial fellow at the Guggenheim Museum in NY, Cultural Coordinator at the Consulate of Spain in Shanghai with the AECID, Assistant Curator in the Spanish Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial. Recent projects have been carried out both in the institutional field and in independent spaces in Madrid, Lisbon, Valencia, Trondheim or Buenos Aires. She is a regular contributor to specialized magazines. 


Art venues open their doors

Sa/Su 11:00-19:00

Niki is participating at the open studio exhibition of 2a-Studios


Weissenburgstrasse 2A,
30161 Hannover

together with

Isabel Nuño de Buen,
Nico Pachali,
Ole Blank,
Martin Tornow,
Sven-Julien Kanclerski,
Maje Mellin,
Enric Fort Ballester,
Hendryk Claussen

Download the ZINNOBER-program


04.07.2019, 19:00

Weissenburgstrasse 2A,
30161 Hannover

Diana Marincu will talk about her recent curatorial projects and her practice as the artistic director of the Art Encounters Foundation in Timișoara, Romania.

Diana Marincu is a curator based in Romania, currently the Artistic Director of Art Encounters Foundation in Timișoara. She holds a PhD from The National University of Arts in Bucharest, Art History and Theory Department, following a research on the large-scale art exhibitions from 1989 onwards built around geographical criteria and identity discourses. She has been part of the Paintbrush Factory’s board of directors in Cluj (2014-2017) and she managed the exhibition programme of Plan B Foundation from 2012 to 2017, as well as the educational programme “Learning & Unlearning”. Her recent exhibitions include: Persona, MUCEM, Marseille (2019); Manufacturing Nature / Naturalizing the Synthetic, Frac des Pays de la Loire (2018); Sounds Make Worlds, solo show of Marianne Mispelaere, Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara; Double Heads Matches (with Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák), New Budapest Gallery (2018); Life A User’s Manual (with Ami Barak), Art Encounters Biennial Timișoara (2017); The White Dot and The Black Cube (with Anca Verona Mihuleț), The National Museum of Contemporary Art – MNAC Bucharest (2015-2017). Her curatorial work is inspired by artists working with research topics such as the narrative strategies of image-construction, the posthuman shift and the multilayered human-nature contact, post-national subjectivities and power relations in various contexts, translated also in the institutional framework of the art system today.

‚Steps in Periferia‘

The event title „Steps in Periferia“ refers to a periphery in the context of the centralised contemporary art world, or more explicitly: to Hanover as a place for artistic production. As the start event of the residency program, Niki asks what opportunities „Periferia“ offers artists and curators and how one can escape the dangers of an art scene that only functions locally.

Corina Bucea (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) is one of the founding members of the art space Fabrica de Pensule / The Paintbrush Factory, for which she has realised more than 20 projects since its foundation (2009). Fabrica de Pensule has become a key venue for establishing Cluj as an internationally relevant art location. Next to that, Corina Bucea is project manager of the young cultural center of Cluj (Centrul Cultural Clujean), where she is also responsible for the „Culture Next“ project among others, which establishes a network between cities that have been candidates for the title of European Capital of Culture or are currently doing so. Corina was responsible for the Romanian Pavilion of the Venice Biennial twice.

Corina Bucea will talk about the independent art scene in Romania, how it functions, what the dynamics are that could be relevant for other places and why the art scene in Cluj is a particularly interesting case.


Niki is a artist run residency program, that aims to develop new models for international and interdisciplinary collaborations. Niki invites international artists and curators to Hanover, a city that, with an increasing number of young artspaces and access to a highly equipped makerspace, functions as a hub for innovative artistic thinking and production.

Ole Blank
Enric Fort Ballester
Birte Heier
Maje Mellin

Weißenburgstrasse 2a
30161 Hannover

Niki wird freundlich unterstützt
durch das Kulturbüro Hannover.

Niki wird freundlich unterstützt durch das Kulturbüro Hannover.