About

Nigel Gavus, born in 1992, lives and works in Vienna. He studied at the School for Independent Film – Friedl Kubelka and currently studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the Department for Video & Videoinstallation. In his filmic work he deals with time, memory, identity and the relationship between poetry and cinema. The fundament for his other artistic practices are based on the medium of photography, which he often combines with mixed media – like found materials, embroidery and the experimentation of printing. The decoding of the unconsciousness is essential for the process of his work, in which he demands the usage of intuition as a methodology for artistic strategies. The performativity of daily life has been discussed through his artistic creations, while his aim is to translate invisible themes into a visual language and also question the role of visual “codes” in our society. His work has been shown at national and international film festivals and institutions, including Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, KFFK/Kurzfilmfestival Köln, EuroAsia Short Film Festival Washington, Festival on Wheels – Ankara Cinema Association, Diagonale – Festival for Austrian Film, Vienna Shorts Film Festival, Halle für Kunst Steiermark & Neue Galerie Graz.

Since the year 2020 he works together with Ilkin Beste Cirak on several collaborations. Their first collaboration „Letters from a Window“, premiered at Diagonale – Festival for Austrian Film 2021 and won the audience award for the most popular Austrian short film under ten minutes at the Vienna Shorts Festival.

Screenings/Exhibitions (Selection): Diagonale 22′ – Festival of Austrian Film (Cinema-Premiere: „Its on a day like this…“); They asked a totally useless question“ – Group Exhibition at Roter Keil Gallery Graz;  Filmscreening: Alumnis of Schule Friedl Kubelka at Fotogalerie Wien 2022; Domestic Drama – Group Exhibition at Halle Für Kunst Steiermark 2021; Festival on Wheels – Ankara Cinema Association (Screening of „Letters from a Window“); ALTERNATIVE FILM/VIDEO Festival Belgrade (Screening of „Letters from a Window“);  KFFK/Kurzfilmfestival Köln N°15 – 2021 (Short on Wheels Program); Tirana Residency Program – Group Show at Zeta Galerie; Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 21′ (Screening of „Letters from a Window“); CinemaNext on Tour: Graz Schubert Kino (Screening of „Not East, Not West“); Banale (Entleere deine Blase) – Group Exhibition 21′; Flimmer.Club x Size Matters Raum für Kunst & Film (Screening of „Mars Exposure 1.0); Austrian Independent Film Festival (Screening of „Letters from a Window“); Ernte Sehen Festival – International Competition (Screening of „Mars Exposure 1.0“) Tenerife Short Film Festival 21′ (Screening of „Letters from a Window“); Dot. Dot. Dot. Filmfestival 21(Screening of „Letters from a Window“); Diagonale 21 – Festival of Austrian Film (Screening of „Letters from a Window“); Vienna Shorts International Film Festival 2021 (Screening of „Letters from a Window“); EuroAsia Short Film Festival 21′ in Washington, USA (Screening of „Letters from a Window“); Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2021 (Screening of „Letters from a Window“); Corona Cinema – Mars & Blum (Screening of „Mars Exposure 1.0“); Tsiolkovsky Space Film Festival 2021 (Screening of „Mars Exposure 1.0); Landes Kunst und Kulturpreise – Ausstellung Neue Galerie Graz 2020; Poetry & Politics – Parallel Vienna Art Fair 2020 (Class of Dorit Margreiter); equality becomes form – Parallel Vienna (Class of M.J.Guttmann); Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien – Rundgang 2020 (Screening of Not East, Not West) & Untitled (Videoinstallation); Ernte Festival Film Festival 2020 ; Ufozine #01 – Release at Verein Fortuna 2020, Diagonale – Festival for Austrian Film 2019 (Screening of „Metempsychosis“); Youki Filmfestival (Screening of „Metempsychosis“); Verein Fortuna Kino 2019 – Curated Screening; Trailer 19/20 for Schule Friedl Kubelka for independent Film (Class of P.Fleischmann); Conte Potuto – Arbeit Nutzen Anleitung (Taxi Taxi im Frühling #01) / Book Release im Sehsaal 2019, Vienna Art Book Fair 2019, Transborders Festival 2019 – Fluxus am Fluss (Grenzen); „Nur zu Besuch“ – Group-Exhibition 2018;

Awards & Residencies:

Fellowship: Dot.Dot.Dot. Filmfestival x Volkskundemuseum Wien: – „Climate Change Knowledge“ 2022

Tenerife International Short Film Festival 2021 – Special Mention for „Letters from a Window“

Panther Residency at Halle für Kunst Steiermark (in the context of the exhibition „Domestic Drama“)

ORF.at Audience Award 21′ for the Best Austrian Film (Under 10 min) – „Letters from a Window“

Artist in Residency at Zeta Gallery, Tirana, Albania 2020 – Kultur Land Steiermark (Filmauslandsstipendium)