Nina Yuen, Artist in distribution, Hawaii, 1981
Drawing from sources including her own memories and experiences, literature, poetry, science, and art history, Nina Yuen merges the personal and the universal in her videos. Incorporating herself into her films as protagonist and narrator, she builds dreamlike, loosely constructed scenes out of hypnotic image series that seem to unspool into snippets of music and the rhythm of her voice, as she recites poetry, reads passages from a wide range of texts, and recounts her own and other people’s memories. Though such weighty philosophical themes as death, time, and beauty run throughout her films, Yuen’s humor keeps things light, surprising, and strange.
Nina Yuen holds an MFA from Bard College and a BA from Harvard University. She
completed a residency at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam in 2010. Yuen has
participated in numerous group exhibitions and screenings at venues including The Eye,
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Jane Lombard Projects, New York; Stenersen Museum, Oslo;
the New Media Festival, Seoul; the International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow; the
Rotterdam Film Festival; Kino Lab, Warsaw; Kassel Documentary Festival; OK Video
Festival, Jakarta; and the Images Film Festival, Toronto.