Nino Bulling works as a freelance cartoonist and author in Berlin. Shorter and longer works by Nino have been published in book form, online, in anthologies, or in self-production since 2012. In 2017, Nino published the graphic poem Lichtpause (Blueprint). Bruchlinien. Drei Episoden zum NSU (Fault Lines. Three Episodes on the National Socialist Underground), co-authored with Anne König, was published by Spector Books in 2019.
Nino’s work operates at the boundary between documentary and speculative fiction and examines the possibilities of reality-based visual narrative beyond realistic portrayal. Language and drawing are equal protagonists here, and are taken from reality, examined, modified, and amalgamated. It is devoted to critical contemporary themes such as racism and right-wing terror, as well as the arms industry. Further, it explores universal as well as personal questions on friendship and belonging.
Selected recent exhibitions of Ninoʼs work include the Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum (2021); HMKV Dortmund (2019); and the 8th Festival für Fotografie f/stop, Leipzig (2018). Nino taught comic/illustration at various international institutions, including the Kunsthochschule Kassel. In 2021/22 Nino is a Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Nino’s new book, due in fall 2021, deals with trans* identity and love at a time of fundamental transformation of living environments through climate and ecology.
Until 2019 Nino Bulling’s work appeared under the name Paula Bulling.