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Nicolas Cheng lives and works in Stockholm. He received his BA from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006, and shortly after he joined Fabrica Research Centre in Treviso, Italy. He holds an MFA from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design (2010) and a PhD from the University of Gothenburg (2019). His research work is published under the title World Wide Workshop: The Craft of Noticing (ArtMonitor, 2019). He was one of the contributors to a critical craft anthology: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water (arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2020). His artistic practice is interwoven with studio-based work, artistic research, collaboration work and co-curated exhibition projects such as Bucks ‘N Barter (2013) and (IM)PRINT (2016). Nicolas was one of the recipients of the inaugural Blumhardt Foundation Residency (2018) and Dunedin School of Art Residency (2020). As a marker, his practice is concerned with the response-ability of craft and jewellery practices, and its role in a material world that is disrupted by human-caused phenomena.
While maintaining an individual studio practice, in 2011 he initiated Conversation Piece with fellow artist Beatrice Brovia. The collaborative practice is a hands-on study of interconnectedness and interdependency: a reflection on making together with friction, conversation and misunderstanding. Work from the collaboration is held in the permanent collections of Die Neue Sammlung: Pinakothek der Moderne and of the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and has been awarded first prize (professional category) of New Traditional Jewellery in Amsterdam (2014). In 2018, Conversation Piece was invited to participate in a project Device People for Chi ha paura - which was presented at the Alcova and Droog Design.
His individual and collaboration work has been published and exhibited at venues such as, among others, the RIAN Designmusuem, SE; Triennale Design Museum, IT; Design Miami and Basel, US/CH; Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, HK; Saint-Étienne Design Biennale, FR; Galleri F15, NO; Z33 - House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture, BE; Pinakothek der Moderne, DE; Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL; The Dowse Art Museum, NZ; Singapore National Design Centre, SG and The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), US.
Studio address (not for postal)
Kransbindarvägen 11, Stockholm