Nadja Verena Marcin
Samantha Ferguson, director, Artworks International Inc., New Mexico:
Nadja Verena Marcin is a performance artist. Internationally recognized as one of today's premiere New Genre artists, she focuses on human behavior, elemental emotions and psychological responses linked to role-playing through video, performance and photography.
Sourcing autobiographical experience, Marcin drives situations from ordinary to absurd while probing beneath the surface of human interaction. Inflated by playful, vigorous images, poetical texts, and handmade props, her work exposes ambiguities depicting the constructive/deconstructive potential of man's characteristic, often dialectic behavior.
Marcin confronts elemental emotions and unleashes psychological mechanism, exposing truths about morals, history, gender and politics inherent in Western culture. Her practice reveals a sharp analytical distance, correlating with high subjective empathy, condensed in a rigorously conceptual form.
Born in Germany, she received her MFA from Columbia University, New York after graduating with honors from Academy of Fine Arts, Münster. Marcin's creations are exhibited in museums, art spaces/galleries and distinguished collections worldwide. Her work has been selected for grants, global biennials and film festivals, including: DAAD, New York, 2011;'Qui Vive?' Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow MOMA, 2010; ARTWORKinternational, Inc. Grant, 2010; Salon/Screening, ICA Philadelphia, 2010; Uncontrollable Flesh, Berkley Art Museum, 2010; Short-Term Deviation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Kaunas Biennale, National Museum, 2009; Videonale 11& 10, Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Mediations Biennale, Poznan, 2008; Models of Self-Reflection, AZKM, Muenster, 2008; FIFA-Festival pour Film sur L'Art, Montreal, 2008; EJECT-Ex teresa arte actual, Mexico City; Fulbright Award, 2007; and Jumpnights, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2007.