nadia nervo

Nadia Nervo is a London-based artist using photography, film, and performance.She received a Masters in Art Communication & Design from the Royal College of Art (2003).
Nadia's work focuses on collaboration, exploring the nature of the relationship between photographer and subject alongside observer and viewer.

The themes that are central to her work include gender, identity, femininity,beauty, and movement.

Nadia’s work is primarily analogue.

“Most of my work revolves around people. I am fascinated by the relationship and personal interaction that evolves with each Individual I photograph. I am intrigued by people's behaviour, habits and obsessions. Building collaborations with each individual – based on trust and respect – they become free to expose their emotions in front of the camera. Without judgment, I aim to investigate the psychological representation of the human condition, the unseen, focusing on the subtleties of human feeling, when the ordinary becomes extraordinary."

Nadia’s most recent project, La Casa, features her old family home abandoned to decay on a remote area of the Veneto region in Italy. The relatives cannot bear to sell it and there is so much history and emotions trapped in there. The house tell us the stories of the people and places that lived there in the past, through their discarded objects, decayed walls, dusty furniture they all recall moments and memories from the past. The older family members have a very close emotional attachment with it, the younger generation instead just feel scared and horrified only to enter it.

The portrait are intimate, and taken during daytime, with natural lights,so it’s me and my family members only and of course the history behind.

Liberum series explores how anyone can experience a sense of freedom and liberation through dance and movement, anywhere and at anytime.

“I invite people to dance in public spaces in London, such as shopping centres, squares, underground stations, bridges, etc, places where people go about their daily lives.  The people chosen are not professionally trained dancers and dance to music listened to on their headphones. Through their own favourite chosen piece of music, the subjects are invited to let go and let the music seep into their veins and their soul, allowing their bodies to move, in the form of dance that gives them a sense of freedom and a chance to lose themselves in the moment.”

The series ‘I AM’ aims to investigate female issues such as body image and insecurities and seeks to redefine beauty. Working with women who have been asked to pose in front of the camera with no make-up and in their natural state, the project proved challenging for some of the participants, who said they felt vulnerable and ‘naked’.  "One woman just couldn’t face the camera completely make-up free and wore mascara and foundation, maintaining a ‘natural’ look … but was brave enough to remove it when asked".

This experience enabled them to achieve a feeling of empowerment once the shot was taken.  One of the subjects affirmed: “I really began to see how I don’t need makeup to be beautiful, to be myself”.

Nadia’s work with moving image has a strong social dimension and has included projects investigating public reaction to street performances of every day situations,to interpersonal encounters at ballroom dances and old age and its relationship to youth culture.

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