Nina is an artist and filmmaker whose work deals with gender, narcissism, migration, psychology, philosophy, and so much more. In her visually stunning films, she transforms fragments of appropriated writings and imagery into cogent and introspective narratives in which she plays the starring role. Her protagonists are often vulnerable outsiders in the midst of experiencing and processing trauma.
Nina Yuen, Narcissus (excerpt), 2016.
Sources: 1. Mother Nature, Conservation International, 2. Indecent Proposal, Jack Englehard, 3. MarinaAbromvichMadeMeCry.tumblr.com, 4. After Love, Maxine Kumin, 5. Twiniwt.tumblr.com, 6. Keeping Things Whole, Mark Strand.
Nina Yuen, Raymond (excerpt), 2015.
Sources: 1. Interview with Chris Yuen, 2. A History of Everything Including You by Jenny Hallowell, 3. Birches by Robert Frost, Puffy the Magic Dragon by Peter Paul and Mary, 4. The Unicorn, by Shel Silverstein, 6. This Old Man by Roger Angell, 7. Days of My Youth by Kuiokalani Lee, 8. The Circle Game by Joni Mitchell, 9. In My Life by the Beatles.
Nina Yuen, Juanita (excerpt), 2010.
Sources: 1. Mother, Maurizio Cattelan, 2. Counting at Dusk (Why Poetry Matters when the Century Ends), Elaine Scarry, 3. Performance Instructions, Vito Acconci, 4. Interview with Noelie Rodriguez.
Nina Yuen, Switch, 2016.
Sources: 1. Switch, 2. Carnosaur, Adam Simon, 3. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, 4. The Rad Death, Edgar Allen Poe, 5. Command & Conquer, Nintendo, 6. Warhammer 40,000, Games Workshop, 7. Advance War: Days of Ruin, Nintendo.