OPHELIA

Live Performance + Video Sculpture
Art CONTEXT Miami; Fridman Gallery, New York; Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco; Moltkerei Werkstatt e.V., Cologne; Nube Gallery, Bolivia; SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen; London; Berlin

OPHELIA is an architectural live performance and video sculpture, focusing on the human destruction of the biosphere. OPHELIA invokes historical icons Ophelia (John Everett Millais, 1852), Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Jeff Koons, 1985), and The Werld (Daniil Kharms, 1939)—merging body, art, science, and technology to parallel relationships between the Anthropocene age and gender inequality, speaking to the democratizing power of the meme. OPHELIA was unveiled as video-sculpture during Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 at CONTEXT Art Miami’s VIP Lounge, and highlighted both in Artnet's Everything You Need to Know About All 23 Artfairs at Art Basel Miami Beach and Hyperallergic's Your Concise Guide Miami Art Week 2017. OPHELIA then was also shown at the Fridman Gallery in New York, as well as - with the support of the Goethe Institute in San Francisco - at the Minnesota Street Project where OPHELIA was enthusiastically received, witnessed in articles such as Cultured Magazine “Nadja Verena Marcin’s Ophelia Goes on a World Tour” and San Francisco Chronicle “Ophelia returns after 300 years with new message“. The two-year traveling exhibition will be followed by a presentation in Moltkerei e.V. of Cologne, supported by Kulturamt of Cologne, thereafter as video installation at Nube Gallery in Santa Cruz in Bolivia with the help of the Simón I. Patiño Foundation, and in February 2019 at the Museum Schauwerk in Sindelfingen Stuttgart, before OPHELIA travels to the End Mile Art Pavillion in London and finally can be seen in September 2019 for the Gallery Weekend in Berlin.
OPHELIA has been made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and with general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts.