curator in residence @ niki

Who can apply?

Artists who live or work in Hannover and want to share and discuss their works with the recent curatorial resident of Niki. Both is possible, sending an invitation for a studio visit in an individual space or having a presentation @ niki studios. 


November 4th. last day to send your portfolio

November 10th. The Curator will answer Niki Team with a selection of 10 artist to realize the studio visits

November 18th to 24th. Studio visits in Hannover

How to apply?

Send a digital portfolio (PDF)  with a maximum of 15 Mb to info(at)

Please save your PDF with your first and last name in capital letters (NAME_SURNAME_portfolio.pdf)

Content of the PDF:
– short vita
– recent works (recomended 5-10 Works)
– Language of the application and the Studio visit will be english (german-english translation assistance during the Studio visit is possible)


The decision will be taken by the visiting curator.

VIOLETA JANEIRO (photo: Mauricio Freyre)

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.

She has worked as a 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. Currently developing her PhD Thesis at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Some recent projects are: A Souspicious Truth at Estampa Contemporary Art Fair (2018); Creación y pueblo en el Centre del Carme, Valencia (2018); Continuous Movement, in Hangar Centro de investigación artística, Lisboa (2017); Exercises Around the Concept of Post-truth in the independent space Salón, Madrid (2017); Forms of Friendship in the gallery The Goma, Madrid (2016). She has made presentations on The Conditions of Artistic Production in Relation to the Socio-political Context at Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway (2017) and The Body to Body of the Community at La Verdi, Buenos Aires (2017). Curatorial residences at Ses Dotze Naus, Ibiza (2016) and CIA, Buenos Aires (2017). She writes for the magazine Codigo in Mexico. In November 2018 inaugurates Llanto Cósmico at the Twin Gallery in Madrid.


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.