Paula Nishijima

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, 1987
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands


MA in Arts & Culture
Specialisation in Contemporary Art from a Global Perspective (cum laude)
Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
BA in Visual Arts
Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, São Paulo, Brazil


2024 In Touch – How to Connect in the Age of Digital Humanity?, IMPAKT, Utrecht, Netherlands

2024 Decentralised Futures, ETOPIA Center for Art and Technology, Zaragoza, Spain

2024 Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània (CCCC), Valencia, Spain (upcoming)

2023 Living Systems – Concepts of Natural and Artificial Otherness in Collective Habitats, Kontejner, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2023 RIXC Art and Science Festival – CRYPTO, ART AND CLIMATE, curated by Rasa Šmite and Raitis Šmits, National Library of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

2023 20th Media Art Biennale WRO 2023, Fungible Content, Wroclaw, Poland

2022 Plug-in Habitat in collaboration with Biomimetic Laboratory, solo exhibition, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain

2022 Kin(d) Relations, curated by Julie Crenn, Transpalette – Antre Peaux Centre d’art contemporain, Bourges, France

2021  Here and now, Media Art Festival Friesland, Leeuwarden, Netherlands (Nomination for Young Masters Award 2020)

2021  The Nature of the Cities Festival, online

2020  Teachable Moment, curated by Mike Calway-Fagen, Stove Works, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

2019  Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives, Matadero Madrid, Spain

2017 The Museum is closed, MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain (screening)

2016 Caixa Cultural Brasília, Brazil (screening)

2016  PROJECT_16, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2015  Passage: a day in eternity, collaboration with sound piece of the installation A Landscape of a Life Time, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, Japan 

2015  43 Views of Mount Fuji, The Fine Art Laboratory Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2019  Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives, in collaboration with Platform-Cities Madrid, Spain

2016  PROJECT_16, co-produced by the Brazilian Embassy in London, Istituto Italiano di Cultura and World Congress of Overseas Pakistani, in collaboration with Instituto Tomie Ohtake (São Paulo), Royal College of Art, London, UK


2024 Opline Prize, France (nominated, ongoing)

2022 Bio Art and Design (BAD) Award, Netherlands (nominee)

2020 Media Art Friesland, Netherlands (nominee)


2024 Artist in Residence Program UPV ai2, Synthetic Biology and Biosystems Control Lab, Valencia Polytechnic University, Valencia, Spain

2023 ARTeCHÓ – Art, Economy and Technology – Unleashing the potential of Crypto Art and other tech tools
• co-funded by the European Union, initiative created by SERN – Startup Europe Regions Network (Belgium), Baltan Laboratories (Netherlands), FZC-Etopia Center for Art & Technology (Spain), Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (Germany) and MEET Digital Cultural Center (Italy).

2022 European Media Art Platform (EMAP/EMARE)
• co-funded by Creative Europe, with residency at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón/Spain

2022 Translocalia Residency, Nicoletta Fiorucci Foundation, London/UK
• grant from iPortunus Houses

2022 Particles, Bonfire Residency

2021 Translocalia (online @Translocalia


2023 Gender, Technology and Power Networks, part of offDAC, talk with Azahara Cerezo and Silvia Binda Heiserova, ETOPIA Center for Art and Technology, Zaragoza, Spain

2023 Collective habitat augmentation – Enhancement, panel, moderated by Tereza Teklić and Olga Majcen Linn, Kontejner, Zagreb, Croatia

2023 RIXC Art Science Festival, [Green] AI, Art and Climate Change, panel moderated by Jens Hauser, National Library of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

2023 ARTeCHÓ, MEET Digital Culture Centre, Milan, Italy

2022 Peer Mentoring, BONFIRE artist-in-residency, guest visitor

2022 Critical hiking: A journey through the Asturian forests with artist Paula Nishijima, a route through the forests of Ladines in the Redes Natural Park (Spain) with architect Marlén López, from Laboratorio Biomimético, and university professor and forest expert Jose Roces

2022 The Nonlinear Patterns of a Superorganism, talk with Tobias Seidl and Lavinia Filippi, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute, London, UK (online)

2021 Innovate4cities, Conference by Unhabitat & Mayors4climate, online

2021 Workshop Game of Swarms, Here and Now, Media Art Festival Friesland, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

2020 People of all species, also humans, Media Art Festival Friesland, Leeuwarden, Netherlands,

2020 Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science, The University of Applied Arts, Vienna/Online 26–28 November

2020  LEAF, Urban Ecological Arts Collective, online,

2019  Workshop Game of Swarms, Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives, Matadero Madrid, Spain

2019  Workshop Art and Earth – Taking an Ecological view on Contemporary Art, with collective Think Twice, Leiden University, Netherlands

2018  LOOP Barcelona, moderator and participant at Professional meetings Programme, Barcelona, Spain

2016  A project for people I don’t know, talk with the ‘Nucleus of culture and participation’, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil 

2016  Paula Nishijma and Benjamin Seroussi in conversation with Hena Lee, Royal College of Art, London, UK (streamed live on March 8, 2006)


Member of the board of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics (Nederlands Genootschap voor Esthetica)

FRIEC Collective – Forum for Radical Imagination on Environmental Cultures
_ global platform for urban ecological art that nurtures humanity’s cultural relationships with nature. It is a program of The Nature of Cities

Luv ‘til It Hurts
_an artist-led project about HIV and Stigma 

_collaborator of TRANSLOCALIA: a network of artists, designers, curators and professionals of different domains that discuss and plan for the future through art. 

Think Twice
_co-founder of a collective of researchers, professionals and thinkers focusing on critical of contemporary issues in the Academia and beyond.

Mar-Dec 2013
Goethe-Institut/São Paulo 
_collaborator of the blog Studio Visits: an online platform dedicated to the curatorial research of contemporary art

Getting in Touch with Paula Nishijima, IMPAKT Exhibition In Touch, March 2024.

Admiring Other Forms of Life, Sofija Anna Kozlova, Spiriterritory, November 9, 2023.


Paula Nishijima: Is The Artwork Only What We See?, Cyrine Bettaleb Ali, December 26, 2021.

Artist books

2020 Antiviral Community Pamphlet, riso zine, 36 pages, 8 x 5.25”, curated and printed by Seth Daulton and Daniel Ogletree

2017  I travel because I have to, I come back because I love you, Artist book created for the art installation Library of Love currently on view at Contemporary Art Centre, Cincinnati, USA