Nina Stodden

My project, 'Glücklich’ visualizes the effects of social media on young women. Would you openly share your deepest fears, imperfections, or moments of sadness on your Instagram? For most, including myself, the answer is likely no.

Reflecting on why we hesitate and examining our fears and self-perceptions, I initiated conversations with my female friends. Many shared similar experiences, where issues related to body image, self-perception, and behavioral changes remain beneath layers of makeup, laughter, and glamour. Behind the smiles captured in photos lies a hidden reality. Do you show your true self or is the happiness merely a facade for a photograph? 

Through a combination of visuals, stills, and speech, featuring the unfiltered thoughts of diverse women, my aim is it to visualize the real impact occurring beyond the screen. I seek to expose the emotional landscapes and struggles within, offering a glimpse into what transpires in the mind.

Nina Stodden

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Anywhere where I was able to make an impact.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Combining my own head and ideas with the given task and learning to love that.

Who or what inspires you?

Photographers like Robin Kater and Naan Goldin. Videographers like Simon Kilian. The poet Lucas Jones. The director Gaspar Noé. Anyone who puts themselves out there.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Learn to talk about your projects and thoughts, taking feedback even if negative, and turning it into something greater within the project.

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