Nina Wijnmaalen It isnt The Sun  Photo Moon Saris

It isn’t the sun but the moon that enlightens the objects of my dream

“Een familieportret, een samenkomst van grote mensen, kleine mensen, suikerooms, vaders, grootmoeders en diverse aangetrouwde lieden. Een stuk over u en mij en over hoe we het leven vieren, ons opdoffen, tooien en voortbewegen. Hoe we kussen, spelen, drinken en dansen, uit volle borst zingen, de gordijnen openen en liefhebben! Maar ook over hoe we vergeefse pogingen doen om elkaar te bereiken, hoe diep we kunnen haten, willen bezitten en de illusie van controle in stand willen houden. Hoe wij ons als kleine kinderen gedragen met onze valse bescheidenheid, steelse blikken, zoetgevooisde woorden en duivelse beloftes! Want u en ik weten beide dat het bloed kruipt waar het niet gaan kan en wij het noodlot niet kunnen ontlopen”

About NINA

Nina Wijnmaalen (NL, 1980) received her BA at Academy of Fine Arts (Minerva) in Groningen in 2007 in photography and video. After her study she joined several exhibitions and was represented by Kunsthuis SYB for a while. During her residency in Kunsthuis SYB in 2009 she started developing performances and since then followed intensive workshops by different performance artists and institutions such as Ivo Dimchev (Tanz im August 2010), Performance Art Studies (Rotterdam 2012), SNDO (Amsterdam 2013) and Trajal Harrell (Impulstanz 2013). Nina creates image-based performances where she focusses on the human and its daily behavior. Using images which are disturbing and seductive at the same time she creates a mixture of estrangement and reality. Therefore she uses elements from different disciplines; performance art, dance, (choir) sound, mime and poetry. Nina showed her work at Dansmakers Amsterdam, during the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Tanz im August (DL), the RAW Art Festival, Groninger Museum, the ArtPie, Basis for Live Art, WHY NOT dance festival, performancefestival VERBO in Brazil, STANTSIA in Kostroma (RU) and during Salon-evenings she initiated herself. 

Within my work as performative choreographer I research the way I judge myself and others. I register basic thoughts: How do I respond to someone who looks different or deviates from the rest? Why do I feel uncomfortable in certain situations? Do I recognize myself in the behavior of the other? In my work I create a universe in the form of a microcosm or family biotope consisting out of different individuals and characters; a man, a women, children, a Korean, a transsexual, gay, straight. These characters stand as a metaphor for the complexity of interpersonal contact and the vulnerability of communication. The characters I portray have a troubled relationship with themselves, the other and their environment and make frantic efforts to reach each other and show us fragments of thoughts, desires and fantasies they have about themselves and the other. In this way they expose the (inner) struggle of the anxious and struggling individual.


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