NIKI KOHANDEL

(b. 2000, Paris) 
is an artist and filmmaker, in her third year of undergraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

She is interested in filming mothers and daughters, houses and flowers, and all sorts of things which, like a relationship, can be nurtured, but also grow out of control. Through the use of both analogue and digital photography and filmmaking, the spoken and written word, she aims to create visual poems that also act as socio-political narratives, conjuring family ghosts, one bedtime story at a time.

Niki's work has been shown as part of group screenings with Habibi Collective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and LUX Moving Image in collaboration with Central Saint-Martins, London.


For vimeo screeners, inquiries or collaboration please email

For Shahr-e-Farang,
please email shahrefarang.project@gmail.com

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NIKI KOHANDEL 

(b. 2000, Paris)
is an artist and filmmaker, in her third year of undergraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

Niki is interested in filming mothers and daughters, houses and flowers, and all sorts of things which, like a relationship, can be nurtured, but also grow out of control. Through the use of both analogue and digital photography and filmmaking, the spoken and written word, she aims to create visual poems that also act as socio-political narratives, conjuring family ghosts, one bedtime story at the time.

Niki's work has been shown as part of group screenings with Habibi Collective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and LUX Moving Image in collaboration with Central Saint-Martins, London.



The Sparrow is Free
2021, 14’ - Hi8 film

Through a window into the life of the filmmaker's grandmother, Kohandel's short interview-film explores gender roles in early 20th-century Iran. As a young girl, marriage to her older cousin leads to years of control and frustration. Rebelling against her husband, she eventually relocates to France with her sons, building a new life. As she voices her own story, the film weaves her experiences together into a broader narrative of self-determination. She carves out her independence in Paris and finds comfort in the everyday. A simple kind of happiness follows, the sparrow is free.

از مصاحبه فیلمساز نیکی کهندل با مادربزرگ خود، شرایط زنان ایرانی در اوائل قرن بیستم را میتوان لمس کرد. در هفده سالگی ، این دختر نوجوان مجبور به ازدواج با پسر عمه خود می‌شود. همسری که سالیان سال او را زیر سلطه خود قرار میدهد و سرانجام ، این پیوند را به ناکامی و طلاق می کشاند. در نهایت ، برای فرار از این موقعیت و به امید ساختن زندگی جدید ، به همراه دو فرزندش ، تصمیم مهاجرت به فرانسه را می‌گیرد. با شنیدن داستانهای گوناگونش ، پی می بریم که چگونه می‌توان با تصمیم و انتخابی تازه ، فصلی جدید در زندگی خود را آغاز کنیم. در پاریس ، آن .خوشبختی ساده ای که همواره در جستجویش بود را پیدا می کنند. گنجشک آزاد است




Upcoming: 21st Jan 2022, London Short Film Festival, ICA. 
‘New Shorts Documentary: The Promise of Hapiness?’ curated by Miranda Mungai. 


Past screenings:
18th Nov 2021, Girls in Film at House of Vans, London ‘It’s the family you choose’,
curated by Raheela Suleman
5th Oct 2021, Conch art collective presents ‘3 films by Niki Kohandel’ at SOAS University, London
Jul 2021, streaming on shashamovies, ‘CLOSE CUTS: 23 films around local cultural traditions’
Just Another Year
2020, 6’10 - Hi8 film

This home video documents how a mother and a daughter celebrated Norooz at home. As they aren’t surrounded by an Iranian community, some of the rituals such as jumping over fire have been adapted to living in a flat. The film looks at the small but important domestic gestures that constitute the setting of the Haft-Sin table, embracing this poetical approach to life which is performed again every spring.


Past screenings:

5th Nov 2021, T A P E Collective
‘Roots, Seeds, Flowers, Fruit’
at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK.

8th - 22nd March 2021,
Habibi Collective and MoMA present
‘A new wave of women moving image-artists from South-West Asia and North-Africa’
Museum of Modern Art, New York



Albalo
2021, 2’20 - hand-painted & etched 16mm film

What happened when a doll swallowed a cherry pit...



17th Oct 2021, Culturala journal launch at the Steamship, London
5th Oct 2021, Conch art collective presents ‘3 films by Niki Kohandel’ at SOAS University, London

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2021

Current:
Slade 150 Past, Present, Future, Octagon Gallery, UCL
Nov: ‘Stealing Vegetables’ curated by Cherry Song, Hal H. Lewis & Qiu Janye
Aug: Noorderlicht Photo, Groeningen,
‘The Makeable Mind: Student Open Call’.
Jul: The Chemistry of Feeling, Community exhibition at Gulf Photo Plus, Dubaï, UAE.
May: POSTED, era journal postcard exhibition
Apr: contributor to form IV/Thing 18 ‘From the drained pool’

2020

Sept: Mommy’s Rug video installation screening at ‘Juice’, a group exhibition curated by Cherry Song, Shenzhen, China.
Feb: I am that flower (2019) screening at Platform 1, Bloomsbury Theatre, London, UK.

2019

Dec: Spaceship. Dungeon. Zoo.
A group exhibition at Alvaro Barrington’s studio, London. 
May: CSM Foundation Show, Lethaby Gallery, London.
CSM x LUX Moving Image, London 
Waterlow Art Park II, London. East Meets West,
Platform 272 Gallery, London, UK.


PRESS

2021
UCL News, 7 questions with Niki Kohandel

2020
era journal, UCL Arts & Culture Interview: Niki Kohandel


EDUCATION

2019 - 2023 : BA Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
2018 - 2019 : Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Central Saint-Martins, UAL


AWARDS

2021 
Sue Jamieson Memorial Award



1. Chemistry of Feeling, Installation shot, Courtesy of Raheed Allaf
2. Open Closed, 2019, (1’28) at LUX Moving Image
3. Blossom, 2019, digital print on tyvek behind aviary grid, Waterlow Park