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Nici Jost’s artistic practice is driven by an enduring fascination with the colour pink. This choice is not merely an aesthetic preference, but a deliberate engagement with a hue that transcends conventional boundaries of art and cultural narratives. Pink is not just a shade, it is a statement. It polarises and probes, challenging the passive consumption of art and urging contemplation of our social constructs. Her ‚Pink Colour System‘ is a research-based project that spans several years and is central to her artistic practice. This system represents an in-depth exploration and analysis of the colour pink, focusing on its distinctive characteristics, varied connotations, and history. The Pink Colour System is not just an artistic tool but serves as a comprehensive framework for understanding the emotional range and socio-political resonance of the colour pink. Using the colour pink as a lens, she analyzes cultural complexities and the place of the individual in our fast-paced, technologically driven world. This approach brings clarity to chaos and invites viewers to reflect on their position in both art and life. The aim is to encourage deep engagement, not only with the art but also with one‘s own perceptions and positions. By challenging traditional perceptions of pink, she aims to provoke thought, evoke emotion, and foster introspection, using the power of colour to bridge the gap between the seen and the unseen, the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Through the use of multimedia elements, from photography and video installations to immersive environments, her art practice aims to evoke a multi-sensory experience. The interplay of visual and auditory stimuli immerses the audience in a personal and universal narrative. She explores proprioception, challenging the audience‘s spatial awareness and perception. The use of the colour pink is a transformative element that reshapes the viewer‘s interaction with their environment.
Nici Jost (*1984 in Banff/Canada)

2016 Master of Arts in Fine Arts, Institute Art Gender Nature HGK FHNW in Basel
2010 Bachelor of Arts in Media-Art, University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FHNW), Aarau / Basel
2008 Internship, Pipilotti Rist, Zürich
2003 Dipl. Photography / Digital Imaging II, NSCC, Halifax

Solo exhibitions


«From West to East to Space» Artstübli Kunst und Kultur, Basel


«Mika - The celestial odyssey» in collaboration with Nadine Friedel,

Lechbinska Gallery, Zurich


«Extract» AXA Exhibition Wall, Winterthur

«桃花源 Land of Peach Blossom»
Kunstraum, Baden


«To be continued ...» Gallery balzer projects, Basel


«Silent Pink»  invited by the Swiss Embassy in China during

the Swiss Incubator in Tianjin, China

«open studio» Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China

«instinctive desire vol.III» Gallery balzer projects, Basel

«instinctive desire vol.II» Zimmermannhaus, Brugg


«instinctive desire vol.I» Galerie3000, Bern


«ROSAROT» Gallery balzer projects, Basel

«Frisch» Kabinett visarte Zürich
 «Earth to Sky» Gallery balzer projects, Basel
«just a piece of meadow» Kunstraum Aarau

Group exhibitions (selection)


«Recycled extractions: From bin to pin», Curated by Three Janes, Mr. Green, Predigerplatz, Zürich

«Rose is...» Campus Condorcet Humathèque, Aubervilliers Cedex, FR


«AiR» Kultur macht Schule Kanton Aargau.
Project with Pedro Wirz, Schule Oberlunkhofen


«Auswahl 21» Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
«WELCOME! 10 years of Swatch Art Peace Hotel» MAXXI Museum, Rome, IT
«液 态 fluidity» Lingang Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, CN
«第六感 The Sixth Sense» Art cn gallery, Shanghai, CN

«KUNST IM SETZKASTEN» E-Werk Galerie, Freiburg, DE
Pavel Kovalenko Apartment, Basel
«KUNST IM SETZKASTEN» Forum Kunst, Rottweil, DE

«Splendid Isolation - Not in our Name»
Kunstraum Riehen

«Rauschen am Bildrand» Kantonsspital Aarau, Aarau

«Here are Dragons 1/3: Because We're Worth It» Centre d'art de la Maison Populaire, Paris, France


«Auswahl 18» Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau

«Guck mal Günther, Kunst» Tommasini, Lenzburg

«PEINTURE EN PROMO - IAN ANÜLL» Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf

«Auswahl 16» Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
«UNTITLED» Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL, USA

«Every Contact Leaves a Trace» Kunsthalle, Basel
«quelle langue alors Villa Moyard, Morges
«Serendipity» Campus der Künste, Basel
«FORMATION OF PATTERNS» Kunstraum Florenz, Basel
«raum I space» Gallery balzer projects, Basel

«Auswahl 15» Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
«Regionale 16 - visual politics» Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal
«Schwarz-Weiss in Farbe» Kunsthaus Zofingen
«IRMA LA DOUCE – REVISITED» Penthouse Gallery, Zürich

«History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes» Spielzeug Welten Museum, Basel
«VOLTA10» Contemporary Art Fair, Basel
«SHOEting Stars ‹Shoes in Art and Design›» Kunsthaus Wien Museum
Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, A

«wandeln» Museum Rosenegg, Kreuzlingen
«Auf Schritt und Tritt | At Every Turn» Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, DE
«VOLTA9» Contemporary Art Fair, Basel
«Landscape: A Story of Rehabilitation» Gallery balzer projects, Basel
«What a Wonderful World» balzer projects @ Gallery Erika Deak, Budapest, H
«HCP´s 2013 Print Auction» Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, USA
«Raumwelten» Museum Bärengasse, Zürich

«ZELENÁ GREEN» Gallery Deset - Waldesovo muzeum, Prag, CZ
«Enigma della Modernità» Spazio, Chiasso
«Untitled» Chelsea Galerie, Laufen
«Rock-Paper-Scissors» Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

«Auswahl 11» Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
«PULSE» Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Florida, USA
«SH Contemporary» Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China
«5X5 Castelló 11» Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Spain
«VIDEO VIDEMUS» Fishpiece Galerie, Zürich
«BLOW-UP» Villa Wenkenhof, Riehen

«Regionale 11» FABRIK culture Hégenheim, FR
«Fashionable ART – Die Mode in der Kunst» Kunstraum Riehen
«Diplom 10» Messehalle 5, Basel

«One Minute Festival» Aarau

«Dialog Festival» Winterthur


Grants, Awards, Residencies

2022 7 weeks artist in residency, Kultur macht Schule Kanton Aargau, Schule Oberlunkhofen

2020 Projektbeitrag, Sinokultur

2018 6 month residency, Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai

2017 «Primeur», publication grant, Aargauer Kuratorium

2016 One week residency at the Institutes of Polymer Engineering (IKT) and Polymer Nanotechnology (INKA), FHNW Brugg / Windisch
2015 Werkbeitrag, Aargauer Kuratorium
2011 Kulturförderpreis Alexander Clavel Stiftung, Riehen


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Press (selection)

Kunstbulletin 6/2021 «Nici Jost — Schanghai durch den Farbfilter», Gianna Rovere
Radio SRF 2, Kultur Kompakt 15.5.2021, 11.29 Uhr (00:13:35) «Land of Peach Blossom»: Nici Josts

Ausstellung zur Farbe Pink im Kunstraum Baden.», Fabienne Nägeli
Radio SRF 3, Nici Jost: «Es gibt keine Farbe, die so kontrovers ist wie Pink» Fabienne Nägeli
Aargauer Kulturmagazin, «Durch den pinken Filter geschaut», Gianna Rovere, Mai 2021
Aargauer Zeitung, «Zu hübsch für die Kunst», Anna Raymann, 23.4.2021, Nr. 93
Rundschau, «Die Suche nach der Welt in Pink», Gina Kern, 21.4.2021

Effingermedien, «Zimmermannhaus strahlt in Pink», Annegret Ruoff, 24.8.2017
Kunstbulletin 10/2017 «Hinweis, Nici Jost, Camille Medardus Hagner», Feli Schindler
Bremgarter Bezirks-Anzeiger, «Ihr Universum ist pink», Lisa Stutz, 7.7.2017

Basler Zeitung, «Pink im Selbstversuchart», Annette Hoffmann, 1.2.2016

art-tv contribution to the exhibition «visual politics» Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal
art-tv contribution to the exhibition «Schwarz-Weiss in Farbe», Kunsthaus Zofingen
Spielplatz Zeitung, Kunst / Kultur, No. 2/2014, p. 19, Spielplatz Presseverein Zürich
art-tv contribution to the exhibition «just a piece of meadow», Kunstraum Aarau, 2011


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