Jul 08, 2016
Nina is a conceptual photographer and PhD student from Germany who combines performative acts with photography in order to recreate biographical stories, which reveal details that normally remain hidden in deeper layers of our memory. Her minimal and carefully composed images emphasize the expression of her subjects and make us focus on the story, creating in this way eloquent narratives that are very pleasant to observe.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
NR - Hi! I’m Nina, I graduated with a Masters of fine Arts from Bauhaus-University Weimar with focus on conceptual photography. I am working as a visual artist and since 2012 as a lecturer in fine art photography at Bauhaus-University. Next to my artistic activities, I am a PhD student with research topic in performative strategies in contemporary photography. My photographic work exposes hidden structures of biographical stories in which I am combining aspects of the theatre and stage with the timebased image space of photography. I live and work in Weimar and Berlin.
am - How did you start in photography?
NR - My first series called “Mutters Schuhe” is a work about my mother’s youth. Since then photography is my tool to express my personal relationship with different dimensions of life.
am - What inspires your work?
NR - My family and theories about brain research, psychology and determinism.
am - What is “a little deeper than you thought” about?
NR - This series shows a poetic collection which deals with different aspects of the uncanny and unconscious, death, absurd biological phenomena and an ambivalent image of the male and female body. My figures are often related to forms of water, the origin of life, though dually visualising death within my morbid aesthetic. The physical interaction with the natural environment presents a performance and is inscribed in the photographs as an act of occupation. My images show a space in-between, where narrations and actions are indicated but are never completely legible. In their ambiguity they reveal a certain kind of poetry and mystery, a mood which can be found in German romanticism, in their longing for distance and escapism. The enigmatic states of mind in my photographs indicate moods which are present, but never concrete.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
NR - Bas Jan Ader, Antoine d'Agata, Augustin Rebetez
am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?
NR - The “deeper” series: morbid, poetical, open
am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?
NR - Teaching photography, hanging out in bars, curating exhibitions.
am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without?
NR - Love, Art, the sun & the sea, Rotkäppkchen.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
NR - Iceland
am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?
NR - Wanda, Lianne La Havas, Cellophane by Sara Jackson-Holman
am - What’s your favourite movie?
NR - Its a video-installation with kind of short-movies: Manifesto - Julian Rosefeldt
am - Who’s your favourite author?
NR - Siri Hustvedt
am - What’s your favourite season and why?
NR - spring - the smell
am - Gin, vodka or tequila?
NR - Vodka
am - Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?
NR - A project about my dead father.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
NR - Thank you!
All images © Nina Röder
Ninas's work was featured on our Third Printed Issue published in 2017
that you can purchase here.