nadia nervo

Nadia Nervo’s practice incorporates photography, video and performance. She received a Master’s degree in Art Communication & Design from the Royal College of Art in 2003 and has since then participated in numerous group and had solo exhibitions. In her work, Nadia investigates the relationship between photographer and subject, often working with strangers and exploring the nature of connections being made. Intimacy and trust between artist and sitter are key elements in her practice and fundamental to the viewer’s relationship to her portraits. Reappearing themes in her work are gender identity, the female body and movement. She works primarily on analogue formats.

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."

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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