Nina Ross The foreignness of languageOpening: Tuesday 27 September, 6-8pm Dates: 27 September-15 October 2011
This self portrait, performance video piece draws on the artist’s efforts to learn Norwegian in order to explore how second language acquisition influences and disrupts identity.
Learning a language is about learning to participate in a culture. The process of learning a second language involves adapting and adjusting to knowing – or not knowing oneself in an unfamiliar language. The foreignness of language investigates the duality of having two languages sitting inside oneself and as a result having one’s identity in a constant state of flux.
This video examines the tension of being caught between two languages and the experiences on one’s body as a metaphor of the repercussions on ones identity.
Nina is a Melbourne based photography and video artist who is currently completing a Master of Fine Art (research) at Monash University. Nina completed a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts at RMIT University in 2004 and in 2006 completed an Honours degree in Fine Art at RMIT. Nina has exhibited throughout Australia and has received various grants including the city of Melbourne young artist grant.
Nina’s work explores identity, specifically the affects of globalisation and cultural identity on the body. Nina is a lecturer at Photography Studies College in Melbourne.