Lives and works in Melbourne.
The Language between us, 2012
HD video, 1:06, looped
courtesy the artist
The Language Between Us draws on my ongoing interest in language acquisition. After living in Norway for a few years and learning Norwegian for my partner, I am interested in the appropriation of words; how one can take a language (foreign, patriarchal or mother tongue) and make it one’s own.
This self-portrait, performance video is a response to Russian psychoanalysis Mikhail Bakhtin’s idea that language only exists in the interaction with the other and it is within this exchange that meaning is created for the individual. The process of taking on another’s words can be difficult; it is through attempts to use the words that the self emerges. The results of the process of acquiring a language have similar repercussions on a sense of self, which are played out on the body.
This video is not a documentation of a performance, rather performance for the camera exploring putting process on screen.
Nina is a Melbourne based artist working predominantly with video, performance and photography. With a strong research lead practice, her current work explores learning and speaking languages and the repercussions on the body. Nina’s videos speak to a wide audience, relevant to current global issues, while giving a voice to the personal in this broader experience.
Last year Nina received a Master of Fine Art from Monash University. Her thesis was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Masters Excellence.
Nina has exhibited nationally and internationally including First draft, Peloton, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, ONO (Oslo), INSTITUT FUR ALLES MOGLICHE (Berlin) and her work has been curated into exhibitions such as Experimenta Speak to Me 5th International Biennial of Media Art and Electronic Language International Festival, Brazil (2014).
Nina has won various awards and grants including best video at Centre for Contemporary Photography Kodak Salon (2012), the multimedia award at Head On Photo Festival (2014), Australian Council for the Arts Art Start Grant (2014), Vic Arts grant (2015) and was shortlisted for Linden Art Prize (2014) and Substation Art Prize (2012).