Nadja Verena Marcin
is a visual artist, researcher, and lecturer who explores psychology and human behavior through an interdisciplinary analysis of feminism and emotional architecture in a theatrical and cinematic context.

Best known for her performances “OPHELIA” and “#SOPHYGRAY”, she subverts harmful representations of women from historical or media perspectives, to highlight ideological systems of power and psychological effects in the moment of their creation. Through her art, she confronts ecological and human rights issues with a unique blend of absurdism, surrealism, and bold reinterpretations of imagery drawn from literature, history, philosophy, art, and pop culture. Creating encounters that provoke contemplation and shed light on shifting norms and prompting a reevaluation of prevailing global paradigms.

She has presented solo shows and performances at alpha nova/ Vorspiel/ transmediale (2024), Onassi Stegi (2023), Kunstverein Ruhr (2021/22), Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken (2020), SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen (2019), Minnesota Street Project (2018), CONTEXT Art Miami (2017), SOHO20 Gallery (2016); Esther Donatz Gallery, Munich (2015); GOETHE Center, Santa Cruz (2014), and Dortmunder Kunstverein (2012).

Marcin has participated in group exhibitions and presentations in institutions such as Ars Electronica (2023), TICKTACK, Antwerp (2022), Transpalette, Bourges (2021), Gropius Bau, Berlin (2020), Ecofutures, London (2019), Fridman Gallery, New York  (2018), Microscope Gallery, New York (2017), 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016), Middle Gate Geel’13 (2013), ZKM- Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2012), and Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2010).

She has won numerous grants and prizes, including: European Union Prize for Citizen Science Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica  (2023), NEUSTARTPlus Arbeitsstipendium (2023), EMAP Residency (2022), NEUSTART Modul C by BBK via the Federal German Culture Commissioner (2021/2022), Individual Artist’s Grant in Electronic Media & Film by New York Council on the Arts (2022/2019), Kulturamt Köln (2018), Franklin Furnace Grant, New York (2017), NRW Film-und Mediafoundation (2013), DAAD, Germany (2011), and Fulbright, New York (2007).

Marcin’s work has been featured in media such as Texte zur Kunst, Berlin Art Link, Artforum, VICE Creator’s Project, Huffington Post, Interview Magazine, Artnet News, and Art Frankly. She has taught and lectured at Wellesley College, International Center for Photography, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Greensboro, State University of Santa Cruz, City College of New York, PI Art Center, and Brooklyn College. Marcin is represented by AKArt in San Francisco.