Nadja Verena Marcin


Born in Würzburg, Germany

Living and working in New York and Nordrhine-Westphalia

Nadja Verena Marcin is a performance and media artist who focuses on human behavior, elemental emotions and psychological responses linked to role-playing through video, performance and photography. 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.



2010 MFA, Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York, USA

2008 Independent Studies with John Bock, Berlin, Germany

2007 Diploma with honors, Visual Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Münster, Germany



MONA Collection, public collection, National Museum, Poznan, Poland

Kunststiftung Sparkasse Unna, Unna, Germany

Videonale Archive, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Several private collections: New York, Paris, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Marl, Essen, Santa Cruz, Rheda-Wiedenbrück



2016 Cinema Pirata, SOHO 20 Gallery, Brooklyn (S)

2015 01111010 01100101 01110010 (……) Galerie Esther Donatz, Munich, Germany (S)

2014 La Mujer, GOETHE Center, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (P)

2014 Zero Gravity, Kunstverein Unna, Unna, Germany (S)

2013 Zero Gravity, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York (S)

2013 Award for Art and Language, Kulturstiftung Sparkasse UnnaKamen, Unna, Germany (S)

2012 Action Manual Vol. I, Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, Germany, curated by Sandra Dichtl (S)

2012 Action Manual Vol. II, Orangerie at Schloss Rheda and Werkstatt Bleichhäuschen, Rheda Wiedenbrück, Germany, curated by Melanie Körkemeier (S)




Deep Inside – 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Trekhgornaya Manufactory, Moscow, Russia, curated by Nadim Samman (G upcoming)

Video Shop, NADA art fair, Kunstraum LLC, New York, USA (G)

4to Festival de Performance Cimientos, Centro Patino, Cochabamba, Bolivia, kuratiert von Rodrigo Rada und Alejandra Dorado (G up.)

Transmission, Bagkeion building, in context of the Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece (G)

Embrace, Kunstraum, Brooklyn, USA, curated by Jessica Holburn (G)


Le Fruit defend, Galerie du Beffroi, Namur, Belgium (G)

Narcissist Ball: In the garden of early delights, BOFFO & Paddle 8, New York (G)

Call of the Wild: Pioneers, Rebels and Heroines, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA (P)

GlobalDraw Project, Oude Stadsgalerij in Heerlen, Netherlands (G)

Woman. Equal and Different, Festarte Videoart Festival, Space On Art, Rome (Sc)


DEW21 Kunstpreis, Museum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, Germany (G)

BORG Biennale, Antwerp, Belgium (G)

Research/ Presentation, KIOSKO Galeria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (S)

The Last Bruciennale, 837 Washington Street, New York, curated by BHQFU & Julian Schnabel (G)

FEARFULAWESOME – Ecstasy, death and rebirth of a male painter, TEMP Art Space, New York, curated by S.A.N.E. (G)


Middle Gate Geel 13, CC de Werft, Geel, Belgium, curated by Jan Hoet (G)

Coupe de Ville 2013, WARP, Sint Niklaas, Belgium, curated by Stef van Bellingen (G)

Framing the Viewshed: Groundswell, Olana, Hudson, New York (P)

Out of Blink, Sarah Crown, New York, USA, curated by Sarah Corona (G)

Peekskill Project V, Hudson Valley Contemporary Art Center, Peekskill, USA (G)


80WSE presents, 80wse Gallery/ NYU Steinhardt, New York, USA, curated by Michael Cohen (G)

TINA B. – The Prague Festival of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic (G)

Premiere of //KIDS//, ZKM- Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, curated by Peter Weibel (Sc)

Spring Show, 532 Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York (G)

AIVA Festival, Angelholm, Sweden, curated by Anders Weberg (Sc)


German Photography Now – Emotion, Drama and Narration in the stylistic variety, Jinsun Gallery, Seoul, Korea, curated by Sun Jung Kim (G)

ART EDITION, Jinsun Gallery, Jongnogu, Seoul, Korea (G)

Queering Sex, Human Resources, Los Angeles, USA, curated by Sarvia Jasso and Kathryn Garcia (G)

The days of this society are numbered, Abrons Art Center, New York, USA, curated by Miguel Amado (G)

WE ARE: Live and let die, Nuture Art, Brooklyn, USA, curated by Guillermo Creus (G)

EPAF European Performance Art Festival, Warsaw, Poland (Sc)


‘Qui Vive?’ 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia, curated by Karina Karaeva (G)

Short-term deviation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, USA, curated by Jie Liang Lin and Jesse Hlebo (G)

As you like it II, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, USA, curated by Marilyn Rosenberg (G)

SCREENING/SALON/CABARET/DISCO, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA, curated by Sarvia Jasso (Sc)

Uncontrollable Flesh, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA, curated by Sarvia Jasso (Sc)

Collective Show, Participant Inc., New York, USA, curated by Sarvia Jasso and Kunstverein NY (Sc)



2016 NYFA, Fiscal Sponsoring POCAHONTAS RETURNS, New York

2015 NYFA, Fiscal Sponsoring OPHELIA, New York

2014 Residency, KIOSKO Galeria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

2013 Production Grant, NRW Film- und Medienstiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany

2013 Stipend for Artistic Research Abroad, Ministry of Culture NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

2013 Award for ‘Art and Language’, Kulturstiftung Sparkasse UnnaKamen, Unna, Germany

2012 Prattsville Artist residency, Art Center, Prattsville, USA

2012 Grant for ‘King Kong Theory’, Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, USA

2012 Nominated for Prize for Young Artists, Ministry of Culture NRW, Nordrhine-Westfalia, Germany

2011 DAAD Scholarship for Int. Research – New York, DAAD, Bonn, Germany

2011 Stipend for Artistic Research Abroad, Ministry of Culture NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

2011 Deutsche Börse Residency Program, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

2010 International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Residency, New York

2010 Stipend for Artistic Research Abroad/ ISCP, Ministry of Culture NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

2010 Project Fund, Art Student Council, School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York

2010 Artist Business Career Development Grant, Artworks International, New Mexico, USA

2009 Womens Voices, 1st Price, Musique a la Mode, New York

2008 MFA Stipend, Collection Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany

2008 Merit Scholarship, Columbia University, New York

2008 Visual Arts Fellowship, Columbia University, New York

2007 Fulbright scholarship, Fulbright commission Berlin, Germany

2006 DAAD Freemover scholarship, DAAD, Bonn, Germany

2006 HESGE- School of Art and Design, residency, Geneva, Switzerland

2005 Nomination for Nordrhein- Westfalen Price for Young Artists, Münster, Germany

2004 Young Media Award, Jugendvideopreis, Dresden, Germany Karownale, Prize of the Jury, Filmfestival, Berlin, Germany

2003 DFJW scholarship, French- German youth organization, Berlin–Paris, Germany-France

Villa Arson, residency, Nice, France



Selected Catalog (C), Booklet (B), Article (A)


Arielle Bier, Young and the Restless, Berlin: Artforum (A)

Hettie Judah, “The 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art Signals Millennials’ Deepest Anxieties – The fears are not generation-specific but this expression of them is.“, London: artnet News (A)

Nadim Samman, “5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art”, Moscow: Moscow Museum of Modern Art (C)

Hili Perlson, “The 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art Announces Bold List of Participants”, New York: Artnet News (A)

Martin John Callanan, 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art – Departure of All, London: Greyisgood (A)

V Московская международная биеннале молодого искусства объявила участников Основного проекта, Moscow: Artguide (A)

Andrew Nunes, “Finally, the Art World Gets a Bootleg Video Store”, New York: The Creator’s Project (A)

Kari Adelaide, “Highlights from NADA New York 2016”, New York: Huffington Post (A)

William J.Simmons, “10 Picks from NADA 2016”, New York: Interview Magazine (A)

Brian Boucher, “11 Booths I could hardly tear myself away from at NADA New York”, New York: Artnet News (A)


Paddy Johnson, “Kunstraum by the Navy Yard”, New York: ArtFCity (A)

“Das Münchner Wochenende – Wenn die Musen durchmachen”, Munich: Sü – Kultur (A)

“Bilder, die bewegen- Das Festival Kino der Kunst zeigt Filme Bildender Künstler an verschiedenen Orten”, Munich: Sü – Kultur (A)

Kino der Kunst, Munich: EIKON Süd GmbH / KINO DER KUNST (B)

Claude Lorent, „Le fruit trop savoureux du jardin d’Eden“, Namur: La Libre Culture (A)

John A.Parks, “Universal Principles of Art: 100 Key Concepts for Understanding, Analyzing, and Practicing Art”, Beverly: Rockport Publishers (C)


Lotte Allen, “Stand-In: Self & Subjectivity as Performing Artist”, Participatory Research & Social Inquiry, New York: The New School (A)

“Residentes Marcin y Roeb exponen en galería Kiosko”, Santa Cruz: El Deber (A)

Carmel Melouney, “Women’s Artwork a Focus at the Last Brucennial”, New York: Metropolis – Wall Street Journal (A)

Oscar Laluyan, “PICTURE THIS: Awesome and Nothing to Fear”, New York: Artefuse, 2014 (A)

Helga Marsala, “Un progetto del collettivo SANE da TEMP Art Space, a New York. Da Andy Hope 1930 a Björk, esplorazioni tra mitologie, conflitti e storie di ambiguità”, Milan: Artribune, 2014 (A)

Sarah Corona, “FEARFULAWESOME – Ecstasy, death and rebirth of a male painter. {TEMP} Art Space, New York”, USA/ Budva: Wallstreet International Magazine, 2014 (A)


Middle Gate Geel 13, Brussels: Agora/Tempus, 2013 (C)

Coup de Ville, WARP, Sint Niklaas: WARP, 2013 (C)

Ashli Molina, “Artist Nadja Verena Marcin Travels to Florida to Recite Nietzsche in Zero Gravity”, Miami New Times, 2013 (A)

Jennifer Kabat, “The dream of the 90S: Where did all the anger go? 1993 at the New Museum”, The Weeklings, 2013 (A)

Peter Friese, “Preis für Kunst und Sprache”, Unna: Kunststiftung Sparkasse Unna, Apr 2013 (A)

Sarah Corona, “The Wonderful World of Nadja Verena Marcin“,, 2013 (A)


Katy Diamond Hamer, “80WSE presents: Annual Group Show”, Eyes-Towards-The-Dove, 2012 (A)

Tilman Abegg, “Die Gefahrensucherin”, Dortmund: Ruhrnachrichten, Nov 2012 (A)

Katharina Werneke, “Film ab für irritierende Momente”, Die Glocke, Nov 2012 (A)

Ralph Wilms, “Im Hightechbus nach Ägypten”, Marl: WAZ, Nov 2012 (A)

2.Ruhrbiennale, Duisburg: ”Aorta Kunst & Kulturverein”, Jul 2012 (C)

”Month of Performance Art”, Second Edition, Berlin: MPA-Berlin, May 2012 (C)


”German Photography Now – Emotion, Drama and Narration in the stylistic variety”, Seoul: Jinsun Gallery, Oct 2011 (C)

Gail Victoria Braddock, “The days of this society are numbered”, New York: The Brooklyn Rail, Apr 2011 (A)

”WE ARE:…”, New York: Nuture Art, Jul 2011 (C)

Greta Gesenberg, “Hotel und andere Erzählungen”, The-Solo-Project, Basel: Jens Fehring Gallery, Jun 2011 (A)

”The-Solo-Project – Solo Shows by 50 Selected Galleries”, Basel: The-Solo-Project, Jun 2011 (C)

Bettina Haiss, “Über die Sprachlosigkeit”, Lost of translation, Frankfurt: Jens Fehring Gallery, Jan 2011 (A)


Keith Garth, “Zines, Zombies, and Rackets: Short-Term Deviation Opens at EFA”, New York: The Faster Times, Oct 2010 (A)

”USA/MFA@Bezalel”, Tel Aviv: Bezalel Academy, Jul 2010 (C)

”‚Qui Vive?‘ 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art”, Moskow: Museum of Modern Art, Jul 2010 (C)

Sarvia Jasso, ”SCREENING/SALON/CABARET/DISCO”, Philadephia: ICA, Jun 2010 (B)

Georg Elben, ”Videoperformance- Modelle der Selbstbetrachtung”, Münster: AZKM, Jan 2010 (C)

“German-born artist Nadja Marcin Wins Artist Business Career Development Grant”, ARTWORKinternational online, Santa Fe, Jan 2010 (A)



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