Nina Röder was born in 1983 in Germany and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Bauhaus University Weimar with the focus on staged photography. Next to her artistic activities she is a PhD candidate with the research topic about performative strategies in contemporary photography.
Nina's photographic work is exposing hidden structures of biographical stories in which she is combining aspects of the theatre, performance and stage with the time-based image space of photography. Her photographs have been shown in international exhibitions and photo festivals such as Voies Off Festival in Arles, the European Month of Photography in Berlin and the Goa Photo Festival in India.
Nina lives and works in Berlin. Her work is represented by Gallery Burster Berlin.
"wenn du gehen musst willst du doch auch bleiben - engl. "don't you also want to stay if you have to leave”
After the Second World war, my grandparents Franz and Theresia Protschka were expelled from Bohemia and lost everything. It was almost impossible for them to throw anything away when they built a new life in Germany.
They were both around ninety years old when they died last year. Unfortunately we had to sell the house they had lived in for more than sixty years. This house in the Franconian province in Germany had been the centre for our family.
These pictures were made in this house when my mother Dagmar, my cousin Laura, and I, had to clear and clean the house before we sold it. These images were created during the decision making process of keeping or giving away objects.
One way to not be too sad about losing the house with all the memories in it, was to do absurd things in the images.” ~ Nina Röder.