Kelly Nipper was born in Edina, Minnesota, 1971. Her practice negotiates how technology and human experience have been constructed in parallel. She works primarily in photography, video, and performance. Fundamental to her practice are the relationships between the shape of time, history of darkness as used in media arts, mechanization of the landscape and human figure as captured by the camera, and the built environment.

In 1998 she began working with dancers, movement systems, and Labanotation as a study into the foundation of photography and the moving image. Nipper's work in performance expands directly from photography, which is definitively and rigorously shaped by dark and light. Darkness as an essential component in media arts can be bound, marked off, and encircled, a fully formed void, and a technology that fused humans and images.

Nipper's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Her performances have been commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, South London Gallery, UK, and Performa, New York. Nipper's work has been included in recent significant exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland, and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. She received her MFA in Photography from California Institute of the Arts in 1995 and BFA in Media Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1993.