Nadja Verena Marcin is a New York-based German performance artist. Internationally recognized as one of today's premiere emerging New Genre artists, her work 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, she exposes ambiguities depicting the constructive/deconstructive potential of man's characteristic, often dialectic moods. Marcin confronts elemental emotions and unleashes psychological mechanism, exposing truths about morals, history, gender and politics inherent to Western culture. Her practice reveals a sharp analytical distance, correlating with high subjective empathy, condensed in a rigorously conceptual form.
Born in Germany, Marcin holds a MFA from Columbia University, New York, and graduated with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts, Münster, Germany. Her work is widely exhibited in museums, art spaces/galleries and distinguished collections worldwide, including: Qui Vive? Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow MOMA, Russia; Salon/Screening, ICA Philadelphia, PA; Uncontrollable Flesh, Berkeley Art Museum, CA; Short-Term Deviation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Kaunas Biennale, National Museum, Lithuania; Videonale 11 & 10, Kunstmuseum, Germany; Mediations Biennale, Poland; Models of Self-Reflection, AZKM, Germany; European Attitude, Zendai MOMA, China; FIFA-Festival pour Film sur L’Art, Quebec; EJECT-Ex teresa arte actual, Mexico; and Jumpnights, Ludwig Museum, Germany.