WomenCinemakers // Special Edition

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Women Cinemakers meets

Nadja Verena Marcin Lives and works in New York, USA and NRW, Germany

In “How to Undress In Front Of Your Husband” I replicate a misogynist 1940s “How to” short, depicting the do’s and don’ts of female disrobing, subverting the original video's authoritarian male gaze into a humorous self-reflective statement on the status quo of women in society. Recreating the short in great detail, I play both characters 'the good and the bad woman', confronting the original's patriarchal narrator with delightful self-awareness. Disrupting the original's dangerous ideology, the video-performance highlights the absurdity of its creation in the first place but also points at prevailing truths on gender inequality. “At the core, I aim to express that the full world of gender and the breadth of its expression has the potential to exist within one person, and that person is also the almighty oppressor or oppressed—depending on how we want to see it.” An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant womencinemaker@berlin.com

Hello Nadja and welcome to : we would like to introduce you to our readers with a couple of questions regarding your background. You have a solid formal training and after having earned your Diploma in Visual Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster, you attended

independent studies with John Bock in Berlin and then you moved to the United States to nurture your education with a MFA of Visual Arts, that you received from the prestigious Columbia University, in New York City. How did these experiences address your artistic research? Moreover, does your cultural background inform the way you relate yourself to art making in general? I actually attended many more Art schools: