Nina Canell (born 1979) is a sculpture and installation artist born in Växjö, Sweden and educated at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin, Ireland. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Nina Canell’s practice concerns the physical and chemical characteristics of materials and found objects as well as their metaphorical and indexical nature.
By placing material forms and immaterial forces into proximity, for example electrifying, heating or moistening wood, copper, plastic or glass, she creates works that embody an interchanging state, a process. Canell’s sculptural practice concentrates on this transformative affect: materials and objects are either being animated by a process in her installations or have been the site of a process in that an encounter or traversal has taken place. Despite the articulation of the material phenomena, Canell’s works are essentially of indexical nature as they open up a sense for the symbolic capacities of the objects by exploring the relationship between humans, objects and events. This understanding is formally supported by the works’ minimal installation within the space that devoid of any form of monumentality.
Canell has a preference for working with „poor“ materials, ranging from weathered wooden beams, threads, small branches, melon seeds and nails to wires, electric cables, copper pipes and glass jars.
She frequently collaborates with Robin Watkins.
- Nina Canell: Muscle Memory at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany, 6. July - 20. October, 2019
- Nina Canell: Drag-Out at 500 Capp Street Foundation, San Francisco, 22. June - 17. August, 2019
- Nina Canell: Energy Budget at S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium, 23. June - 2. September, 2018
- Nina Canell at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, 25. August - 25. November 2018
- Dolphin Dandelion, le Crédac, Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry, Ivry-sur-Seine, April, 21 - June 25, 2017
- Mid-Sentence at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 27 September 2014 - 6 January 2015
- Stray Warmings at Midway Contemporary Art, February 15, 2013 - April 6, 2013 
- Lautlos with Rolf Julius at Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum fur Gegenwart, November 30, 2012 - June 23, 2013
- Into the Eyes Ends of Hair at Cubitt Gallery, March 23, 2012 – May 4, 2012
- Tendrils at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, September 29, 2012 - November 14, 2012
- Ode to Outer Ends at Kunsthalle Fridericianum, 2011
- Nina Canell: To Let Stay Projecting As A Bit Of Branch On A Log By Not Chopping It Off at Museum Moderner Kunst Stifung Ludwig Wien, November 12, 2010 - January 30, 2011
- Nina Canell: Five Kinds of Water at Kunstverein September 19, 2009 - November 22, 2009
- Nina Canell: The New Mineral at Neuer Aachener Kunstverein May 31, 2009 - July 26, 2009
- Nought to Sixty with Robin Watkins at the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, 2009
- Canell, Nina (2013). Lautlos. Koln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig. ISBN 9783863354077.
- Nina Canell, Rolf Julius (2013). Lautlos. Walther König Verlag. ISBN 978-3-86335-407-7.
- "BOMB Magazine - Nina Canell by CCS Bard". BOMB Magazine.
- Sharp, Chris (2017). Relation Textures. Nordic Pavilion / Mousse Publishing.
- Gorschlueter, Peter (2010). Touched – Liverpool Biennial, Catalogue. Tate Liverpool.
- Canell, Nina (2014). Stray Warmings. Germany: Midway Contemporary Art; Sternberg Press. ISBN 978-3-956790-31-7.
- Canell, Nina (2012). Into the Eyes as Ends of Hair. London: Cubitt Gallery.
- Canell, Nina (2012). Tendrils. Dublin, Ireland: The Douglas Hyde Gallery. ISBN 978-1-905397-38-9.
- Canell, Nina (2010). To Let Stay Projecting As A Bit of Branch On A Log By Not Chopping It Off. Koln: Walther Konig. ISBN 978-3-86560-939-7.
- Canell, Nina (2010). Evaporation essays : on the sculpture of Nina Canell. Berlin: Distanz. ISBN 9783942405027.
- Canell Watkins
- Latimer, Quinn (April 12, 2008). "Nina Canell". Frieze Magazine.
- Herbert, Martin (May 2012). "Nina Canell". Frieze Magazine (147).
- Claire Le Restif: Nina Canell “Dolphin Dandelion” at Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, in: Mousse Magazine 2017