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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. 


selfportrait for website

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.


“I take myself as an example in my work, in directing and analyzing behavior. I am determined to use my body and imagination and I aspire to take this life as an opportunity to form and model myself, as being a work in progress. I never stop making stamps of my psyche but the form constantly changes. A hunt for existence.
I represent you what is left. Isolation and insanity, and how we deal with this. Loneliness, little failure. Taking it too seriously. Could be masturbating instead, watching television, playing on the internet, smoking, or quitting. I start talking to myself. I am addicted. Candy-cuddling-talking-thinking. I bump heads against the wall. In the belly there is war. It all feels weird. Laughing, crying. Rush. Ready to go outside. I hate showering, it is a dirty waste. I’d rather dance. Now I feel better. Ready to encounter. We forget our masks. Glue in my moustache. Please. People. Forget this face. Go back inside. Closed curtains. Release tension in secret ways. Salvation without every possible religion. I open the curtains. I am alone. I exist like this. It never stops” We Play Solo, 2012
October 24, 2018
SUN/MOON from Nina Wijnmaalen on Vimeo.
April 21, 2017
“Een familieportret, een samenkomst van grote mensen, kleine mensen, suikerooms, vaders, gro [...]
November 30, 2014
                  Auf meiner Seele hat ein Fremdling getanzt from Dansm [...]
March 25, 2014
             Object of Desire (compilatie) – Nina Wijnmaalen [...]
March 25, 2013
         There is no place like home – Nina Wijnmaalen from Nina Wijnmaalen o [...]
March 25, 2010
      Melkmeisje – Nina Wijnmaalen from Nina Wijnmaalen on Vimeo.
November 30, 2009
March 30, 2009
March 30, 2009
December 30, 2005


0031(0)6 47699947 BTW- nummer: NL108452888B01 K.v.k. nummer: 01140309
“Ich habe Angst vor meinem Willen.Vor der Masse und dem Urteil. Vor dicken und unattraktiven Menschen. Vor Afrikanischen Kindern mit Kugelbäuchen. Vor schwangeren Frauen. Vor Invaliden, Schwarzen und Japanern. Vor Homosexuellen, Hunden und Junkies. Vor Idioten und Schizophrenen. Vor Huren, Philosophen und Fanatikern. Vor den Wohltätigkeits-Organisationen und vor der Wirtschaft. Ich habe Angst vor Sehnsucht, Liebe und vor Chaos, vor Einsamkeit, Gemütlichkeit, vor Klassischer Musik und Yves Klein. Vor Sex, Geld, Fashion. Vor meinen Erinnerungen und vor der Langweiligkeit. Vor den Nachrichten, dem Mond und der Zeit. Vor Ewigkeit. Ich habe Angst, vor dir, vor mir” -  Object of Desire, 2014