Panel Discussion OPHELIA: Rebel Meme to Systems of Power & Oppression

OPHELIA, video-sculpture, by Nadja Verena Marcin, CONTEXT Art Miami VIP Lounge, Miami, 2017<br>Photo by Thomas Jaeckel  OPHELIA (video-sculpture) by Nadja Verena Marcin, CONTEXT Art Miami VIP Lounge, Miami, 2017
Photo by Thomas Jaeckel

Thu, 03/22/2018

Minnesota Street Project

1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

In conjunction with the presentation of Nadja Verena Marcin’s OPHELIA a panel discussion will be held focusing on the processes and concepts behind the project, such as the Anthropocene age and climate change, the fragility of human life compared to the forces of nature, dichotomies of representation and gender inequality in the media, systems of power and distribution, appropriation and democratization of iconography through internet-memes, and the increasing role of performance and public art.


Nadja Verena Marcin © Moritz Brilo Nadja Verena Marcin, Artist + CEO Kunstraum LLC
Nadja Verena Marcin lives and works in New York and NRW Germany. 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” in which the audience can be immersed, Marcin brings awareness through a hyperbolic interpretation of relatable scenarios, enacting symbolic actions, catalyzing the visibility of hidden codes. Her work appropriates familiar imagery, and mirrors the ambiguities of human behavior and psychological mechanism.

Dorka Keehns Portrait © Dorka Keehn Dorka Keehn, San Francisco Arts Commissioner + Principal, KEEHN ON ART
Dorka brings to KEEHN ON ART’s consultancy her experience as an award winning public artist and as a San Francisco Arts Commissioner. On the Arts Commission, she serves as chair of the Visual Arts Committee that commissions artwork pertaining to the Public Art Program, and reviews and approves all art in the Civic Art Collection and the Art Commission Gallery.

Dena Beard © Lauren Bayles Dena Beard, Executive Director, The Lab
Dena Beard is the Executive Director of the LAB in San Francisco. She received her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was previously Assistant Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Her work at The Lab considers the exhibition and performance space as a site to investigate and dismantle systems of perception.