Nadja Verena Marcin (Würzburg, Germany) is a performance and video artist, filmmaker, and writer, who explores gender, history, morality, psychology, and human behavior via an intersectional analysis of feminism and emotional architecture within a theatrical and cinematic context.
Best known for her performances “OPHELIA” and “How to Undress in Front of Your Husband”, her work subverts representations of women found in the media and historical contexts to magnify ideological systems of power and psychological effects within their creation. Addressing ecological and human rights concerns through an often absurdist, surreal, bare re-purposing of relational imagery and source material from literature, history, philosophy, art, pop culture, and original texts to create thought-provoking encounters, her work highlights norm shifts and is a re-evaluation of social constructs and predominant world models.
Selected solo shows and solo performances: Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken (2020), SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen (2019), Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco (2018), CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami (2017), SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn (2016); Esther Donatz Gallery, Munich (2015); GOETHE Center, Santa Cruz (2014); Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund (2012); Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl (2012); The-Solo-Project, Basel (2011).
Recent selected group exhibitions and screenings include: Ecofutures, London (2019), Fridman Gallery, New York (2018), Microscope Gallery, New York (2017), NADA New York (2016); 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow (2016); Middle Gate Geel’13, Geel (2013); ZKM- Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2012); Jinsun Gallery, Seoul (2011); Human Resources, Los Angeles (2011); Abrons Art Center, New York (2011); Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2010); ICA Philadelphia (2010); Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York (2010).
Marcin has won numerous prizes and stipends, including: Individual Artist’s Grant in Electronic Media & Film by New York Council for the Arts (2019), Exhibition Grant by Kulturamt Köln (2018), Franklin Furnace Grant, New York (2017); Arbeitsstipendium, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn (2014); ‘Film Production’, NRW Film-und Medienstiftung (2013); Stipend Abroad by Culture Ministry of Nordrhine Westphalia (2013/ 2011/ 2010); Prize for ‘Art and Language’, Kunststiftung Sparkasse UnnaKamen (2013); DAAD, Germany (2011); Fulbright, Berlin/Bonn (2007).
Marcin’s work has been featured in Texte zur Kunst; Art Forum; VICE Creator’s Project; Huffington Post; Interview Magazine; Artnet News amongst others. 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 and blinkvideo in Germany.