Ophelia by Nadja Verena Marcin at Minnesota Street Project, SF
OPHELIA A solo exhibition and live performance by Nadja Verena Marcin, presented by AKArt at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco Live Performance: Saturday, March 3, 4pm sharp Minnesota Street Project Atrium 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZJndNvn2n03qRudqwUkLNL5l8w0fnR-JIEiUZ4dX1mIWJ9g/viewform?c=0&w=1 Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 6-8 pm Minnesota Street Project, Gallery 211 Exhibition: March 3 - 31, 2018 Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm OPHELIA: REBEL MEME TO SYSTEMS OF POWER & OPPRESSION A Workshop Led by the Artist Nadja Verena Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18, 12-6 pm The Growlery Residency 235 Broderick Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 Register Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKE_a3F0akp7ZLzX6mN5lj2HqGTyz2NkqOysv24FhGGQI3QA/viewform?c=0&w=1 Panel Discussion OPHELIA: REBEL MEME TO SYSTEMS OF POWER & OPPRESSION with Dena Beard, Director, The Lab; D Dorka Keehn, San Francisco Arts Commissioner and Principal, Keehn on Art; Joseph Becker, Associate Curator Architecture and Design, SFMOMA (TBC); and Nadja Verena Marcin, Artist: Thursday, March 22, 6-8pm Minnesota Street Project Atrium RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0AsW7-Z6DGqF_GmTOd2uNEYlHw1b51dUWd7vk7COonpPCoA/viewform?c=0&w=1 OPHELIA is an architectural live performance and video sculpture, focusing on the human destruction of the biosphere. OPHELIA invokes historical icons 'Ophelia' (John Everett Millais, 1852), 'Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank' (Jeff Koons, 1985), and 'The Werld' (Daniil Kharms, 1939)--merging body, art, science, and technology to parallel relationships between the Anthropocene age and gender inequality, speaking to the democratizing power of the meme. Floating in a salt-water solution in a life-size stainless steel sarcophagus, wearing a breathing mask and Ophelia's dress, the artist Nadja Verena Marcin will quote text from Daniil Kharms' 'The Werld' about our limited human subjective perception. The image of a nineteenth-century Ophelia, supported via a breathing mask and reconfigured within a technologically constructed reality, becomes a metaphor for our current state of existence in the Anthropocene Period. Awarded a Franklin Furnace@ Fund Grant, OPHELIA was unveiled as video-sculpture during Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 at CONTEXT Art Fair Art Miami's VIP Lounge, and highlighted both in artnet's 'Everything You Need to Know About All 23 Artfairs at Art Basel Miami Beach' and Hyperallergic's 'Your Concise Guide Miami Art Week 2017.' Following the video-sculpture's premiere in Miami, the project's next iteration premiered the live performance at Fridman Gallery in New York, as the opening act of the New Ear Festival of sound and performance art, on February 2, 2018. After Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, it will travel to NUBE Gallery in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (April); SomoS in Berlin as part of the Gallery Weekend Berlin (April / May); Moltekerei e.V. in Cologne, Germany as part of the DC Open Gallery Weekend (September); AlbumArte in Rome, Italy, curated by Giulia Casalini of Arts Feminism Queer (November / December); and Museum SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen in Sindelfingen, Germany (February 2019). The Goethe-Institut San Francisco will accompany the exhibition with panels, lectures, and workshops. Marcin's work has been presented at: ZKM - Museum for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Zendai MOMA, Shanghai (Himalajas Museum); Museo National de Arte, La Paz; Veneto Videoart Archive, Verona; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley; ICA Philadelphia; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow; Palacio Portales, Cochabamba; Haus der Kunst, Munich, and other venues. OPHELIA has been made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and with general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts. OPHELIA WORLD TOUR LOCATIONS MIAMI: DECEMBER 5-10, 2017 NEW YORK: FEBRUARY 2, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO: MARCH 3 - 31, 2018 BOLIVIA: APRIL 2018 BERLIN: APRIL/MAY 2018 COLOGNE: SEPTEMBER 2018 ROME: NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 SINDELFINGEN: FEBRUARY 2019 Image credits: OPHELIA, live performance, 2018, Fridman Gallery, New York; Courtesy of the artist Nadja Verena Marcin & 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York & AKArt, San Francisco; Chris Waggoner Photography; (C) Nadja Verena Marcin & Franklin Furnace Archive, New York.