Nici Jost

Nici Jost, a conceptual and multimedia artist and photographer, was born in Banff, Canada, moved at a young age to Switzerland, where she now lives and works. After doing an apprenticeship as a photo technician in Switzerland and studying photography at the Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax, Canada in 2004, she worked as an intern for Pipilotti Rist from 2008 to 2009. In 2010 she graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Media Art and 2016 with an MFA from the FHNW/HGK (Basel). In 2011 Jost was awarded the Cultural Prize from the Alexander Clavel Foundation in Riehen. In 2015, she received a grant from the Aargauer Kuratorium. From February until August 2018 she held the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Residency in Shanghai. Her first comprehensive publication, "Instinctive Desire”, was published by edition fink in 2019. It appears as Volume 8 of the series Primeur issued by the Aargauer Kuratorium. Her work has been shown widely in Switzerland and abroad, and her photographs and installations are incorporated in private and public collections in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, United States, Mexico and China.

Born in 1984, Banff, Canada.

Lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland.




BFA in Media Art, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Aarau and Basel. 


MFA in Fine Arts, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Basel.


Selected Solo Exhibitions


Extract, AXA Exhibition Wall, Winterhur, Switzerland.


Land of Peach Blossom桃花源, Kunstraum, Baden,German. 


To be Continued..., Gallery Balzer Projects, Basel,Switzerland.


Silent Pink, Swiss Embassy in China, Tianjin, China.


Instinctive Desire Vol.III, Gallery Balzer Projects, Basel,Switzerland. 

Instinctive Desire Vol.II, Zimmermannhaus, Brugg, Switzerland. 


Instinctive Desire Vol.I, Galerie300, Bern, Switzerland.


Rosarot, Gallery Balzer Projects, Basel, Switzerland.


Frisch, Kabinett Visarte Zürich, Switzerland.

Earth to Sky, Gallery Balzer Projects, Basel, Switzerland. 

Just a Piece of Meadow, Kunstraum Aarau, Switzerland.


Selected Group Exhibitions


Air, Kultur Macht Schule Kanton Aargau, Switzerland. 

Project with Pedro Wirz, Schule Oberlunkhofen, Switzerland. 


Auswahl 21, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland. 

Welcome! 10 Years of Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Maxxi Museum, Rome, Italy. 

Fluidity液态, Lingang Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China. 

The Sixth Sense第六感, ArtCN Gallery, Shanghai, China. 

Kunst im Setzkasten, E-Werk Galerie, Freiburg, Germany. 


Weirdo, Pavel Kovalenko Apartment, Basel, Switzerland. 

Kunst im Setzkasten, Forum Kunst, Rottweil, Germany. 


Splendid Isolation - Not in our Name, Kunstraum Riehen, Switzerland. 

I and the Machine, Experimentieren Digitalität, E-Werk Galerie, Freiburg, Germany. 

Rauschen am Buildrand, Kantonsspital Aarau, Aarau.

Here are Dragons 1/3: Because we’re worth it, Centre d’art Maison Populaire, Paris, France.  


Auswahl 18, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland. 

Guck mal Günther, Kunst, Tommasini, Lenzburg, Switzerland .   


Peinture en Promo- Ian Anüll, Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland.   


Auswahl 16, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland. 

Untitled, Art Fair Miami Beach, Florida, the U.S.

Every Contact leaves a Trace, Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland. 

Quelle langue alors? Villa Moyard, Morges, Switzerland. 

Serendipity, Campus der Künste, Basel, Switzerland. 

Formation of Patterns, Kunstraum Florenz, Basel, Switzerland. 

Raum I Space, Gallery Balzer Projects, Basel, Switzerland.  


Auswahl 15, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland.

Regionale 16 - visual politics, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland. 

Schwarz-Weiss in Farbe, Kunsthaus Zofingen, Switzerland. 

Irma la Douce - Revisited, Penthouse Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland. 


History under your Feet- 3000 Years of Shoes, Spielzeug Welten Museum, Basel, Switzerland. 

Volta 10, Contemporary Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland. 

SHOEting Stars <Shoes in Art and Design>, Kunsthaus Wien Museum, Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria. 


Wandeln, Museum Rosenegg, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland.

Auf Schritt and Tritt| At every Turn, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, German. 

Volta 9, Contemporary Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland. 

Landscape: A Story of Rehabilitation, Gallery Balzer Projects, Basel, Switzerland. 

What a Wonderful World, Balzer Projects, Gallery Erika Deak, Budapest, Hungary.

HCP’s 2013 Print Action, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas, the U.S.A.

Raumwelten, Museum Bärengasse, Zürich 2012, Switzerland. 

Zelená Green, Gallery Deset - Waldesovo Muzeum, Prague, Czech.

Enigma della Modernità, Spazio, Chiasso, Switzerland. 

Unititled, Chelsea Galerie, Laufen, Switzerland. 

Rock-Paper-Scissors, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida, the U.S.A.         


Auswahl 11, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland.

Pulse, Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Florida, the U.S.A.

Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China. 

5 X 5 Castelló, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Spain. 

Video Videmus, Fishpiece Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland. 

Blow-up, Villa Wenkenhof, Riehen, Switzerland.

Diplom 10. Messehalle 5, Basel, Switzerland.


One Minute Festival, Aarau, Switzerland.


Dialog Festival, Winterthur,Switzerland.


Grants, Awards, Residencies


6 Month residency, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai.


Primeur, Publication Grant, Aargauer kuratorium.


6 Month One week residency at the institutes of Polymer Engineering (IKT) and Polymer Nanotechnology (INKA), FHNW Brugg/ Windisch.


Month Werkbeitrag, Aargauer Kuratorium.


Month Kulturförderpreis Alexander Clavel Stiftung, Riehen. 



l Instinctive Desire, Nici Jost, Primeur issued by Aargauer Kuratorium, 2019 editionfink, ISBN 978-3-03746-233-1

l 100 MIRADAS Al Arte Contemporaneo, p. 54, 2014 Arte Al Limite, Santiago de Chile

l At Every Turn, Hoenes-Stiftung und Dr. Stefanie Dathe, Museum Villa Rot 2013,Catalogue of the exhibition, ISBN 978-3-9816250-0-4

l ONE LIFE - Stories Told Through Photography, 2012 by See Me Group Inc.

l Houston Center for Photography, Print Auction 2013, Catalogue of the exhibition

l Enigma della modernità, Visarte Ticino-Zurigo 10 proposte, Catalogue of the exhibition,2012- ADV Publishing House, ISBN 978-88-7922-109-2

l Artistes tous farceurs 1 / Artisti tutti burloni 1, Collectif, 25.03.2012 Éditions Dasein

l kunst &&// neoanalog, Ars Electronica 2007 Campus2.0, August 2007 FHNW, Aarau



+41 79 666 10 82




Nici Jost Selected Works

Video & Installation