Paula Nishijima

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, 1987

Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands



MA in Arts & Culture 

Specialisation in Contemporary Art in a Global Perspective (cum laude)

Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands


BA in Visual Arts

Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, São Paulo, Brazil


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

2021  The Nature of the Cities Festival, online,

2020  Teachable Moment, Stove Works, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

2019  Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives, Matadero Madrid, Spain

2017  Library of Love, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, USA 

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


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)


2017, May 9 The Museum is closed, MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain

2016 Caixa Cultural Brasília, Brazil 


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

2016  PROJECT_16, co-produced by 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


2021 Translocalia (online in the @Translocalia IG) 



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

Design project of publications

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

2016  Chance and necessity, published by Ateliê Fidalga, São Paulo, Brazil, Monograph of the artist Sandra Cinto. 

2016  The drawing seen from the sky, Centro Cultural São Paulo, Brazil, Art project by the artist Alex Cerveny

2015  43 Views of Mount Fuji, Ateliê Fidalga, São Paulo, Brazil, Artists’ book, unique edition part of the collection of Art University of Musashino, Tokyo, Japan