Hermione
Nina Yuen, 2013, 9'35''

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In Hermione, I combined the biographies of Simone de Beauvoir, Twyla Tharpe, Dorothy Parker, Vera Nabokov, and Hilda Dolittle to tell a woman's story in an unnamed, multiple "I." By turning an external biography into an internal autobiography, I attempt to take universalist stories and lend them the language of the confessional.

While the character in the film evolves from a state of illusion to disillusion, the aesthetic of the film remains frozen. The number of candles on the birthday cake advance, but the cake is perpetually decorated for a child. The film itself is an age displacement. It acts as an alternate personality that remains the age it was when it split off from the main person. Nina Yuen

In her videos, Nina Yuen (USA, 1981) circumspectly
creates an intimate world in which the ultrapersonal comes together with the general human condition. Yuen threads together reflections that might be committed to a diary, childhood memories, references to forgotten figures from art and general history and philosophic speculations on great themes such as death, love, beauty and creativity to produce films in which the boundaries between fiction and reality are tissue thin. They draw from a range of sources: magic and nature, events from the lives of her father and mother, the painter Joe Andoe and the feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir, or the adventures of the adolescent students she teaches. The results are videos that are dreamy, hypnotic, and sometimes enchanting. Read more...

  • Date: 2013
  • Length: 9'35''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA