Alumna Nadja Verena Marcin '10 in online exhibit

BY Audrey Deng, June 4, 2020

Bride, by Nadja Verena Marcin '10

The Brooklyn-based gallery Kunstraum LLC presents work from alumna Nadja Verena Marcin ’10 at the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) FAIR. The FAIR is a new art fair initiative designed to be entirely online, function cooperatively, and act as a benefit for NADA’s community of galleries, nonprofits and artists. According to NADA, “A percentage from each sale made from FAIR will directly benefit all participating galleries and artists. In addition, a percentage of each sale will go towards supporting NADA for their efforts in producing FAIR, their continued work as an organization for art galleries, through this time of crisis and beyond.”

Marcin’s work can be found in Viewing Room 2, which opened on May 27. The piece for sale is a photographic work titled Bride (2015), and features a woman—Marcin herself—wearing a white dress bloodied from the knee down, the red spreading out in the water. The photo was taken in the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia. It is the world’s largest salt flat at 4,086 mi².

Bride deals with the myth of marriage in all its dichotomies—from a festive ceremony to an economic act, from fertility to transience. The red-colored dress expresses existential aspects of femininity and corporeality, creation and fertility, guilt, and suffering. A high percentage of marriages worldwide are still associated with physical violence. The artist, however, is less of a victim than protagonist,” NADA writes.

German-born artist Marcin, lives and works in New York, USA and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She graduated from New Genres at Columbia University after obtaining a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Department of New Media at Academy of Fine Arts Münster. In her performance-based work Marcin examines the constructed persona, looking at the way the artist is an implicit figure. By creating a “theater of cinema” that the audience can be immersed in, Marcin brings awareness through a hyperbolic interpretation of relatable scenarios, enacts symbolic actions, catalyzing the visibility of hidden codes. Her work appropriates familiar imagery and mirrors the ambiguities of human behavior and psychological mechanism.

Bride is being sold for $4,900.00, and will be up for sale until the online show closes on June 21.