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Nina Ross

b. 1982

Nina is a Melbourne based artist who works predominantly with video, performance and photography. With a strong research lead practice, Nina’s current work explores the language acquisition process and its repercussions on a sense of self, drawing on her experiences of living in Norway and learning Norwegian. The videos speak to a wide audience, relevant to current global issues, while giving a voice to the personal in this broader experience.

In 2013 Nina received a Master of Fine Art (Research) with first class honours from Monash University in Melbourne, supervised by Peta Clancy. Nina’s thesis received the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Master’s Thesis Excellence Award. Previous to this, Nina obtained a BA (Fine Art Photography) Honours in 2006 and a BA (Media Arts) in 2004 from RMIT University.

Nina has lectured sessionally in photography, art theory, conceptual development and professional practice at various universities including Photography Studies College and RMIT University (School of Media and Communication) in Melbourne since 2010.

Previously, Nina worked as a photographer, photography assistant, studio manager, stylist and stylist assistant in studios in Melbourne, Sydney and Bergen (Norway). With experience in fashion, portraiture and interiors, Nina worked extensively in food and lifestyle, including clients such as Vogue living (Australia and Denmark), Murdoch books, Costume magazine (Denmark), Elle Decoration magazine (Denmark), Marie Claire (Australia), Target (Australia), The Bergen Times (Norwegian newspaper), Agent K (Norway) and Vital (Norway).

Birth place
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Period of activity 
from 2011
Other solo exhibitions 

The language between us, One Night Only, Oslo, Norway. 
The language between us, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin. 
The language between us, Perth Centre for Photography.

The language between us, Firstdraft, Sydney.

Finding a voice, One Night Only, Oslo, Norway. 
Finding a voice, Screen space, Melbourne.
The foreignness of language, Peloton, Sydney.
Finding a voice, Felt Space, Adelaide.
Finding a voice, Screen: art from the archive, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Caulfield, Melbourne

The foreignness of language, Bus gallery, Melbourne.
Strangers to ourselves, Gallery C3 contemporary art space, Melbourne.
Strangers to ourselves, Queensland Centre for Photography. 

Other group exhibitions 

FILE Festival: Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Month of Performance Art, Berlin. In conjunction with INSTITUT FÜR ALLES MÖGLICHE.
Experimenta Speak to Me, 5th International Biennial of Media Art.

Awards, collections 
2014 Shortlisted, Linden Art Prize, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts. 2014 Winner Multimedia Award, Head On Photo Festival. 2013 Recipient Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Masters Thesis Excellence Award. 2012 Winner Best Video, Centre for Contemporary Photography Kodak Salon. 2012 Shortlisted, Substation Contemporary Art Prize.

J. Davis, ‘Nina Ross’ The language between us,’ catalogue essay, ‘The language between us,’ Perth Centre for Photography, 2014.

Experimenta Speak to Me, 5th International Biennial of Media Art Catalogue, 2012.

T. Green, ‘I’m Trying to Talk to You,’ catalogue essay, ‘I’m Trying to Talk to You,’ The Substation, 2014.

Oculus; Postgraduate Journal for the Visual Arts Research, Issue No. 4- May 2012, Australia and New Zealand.

The A-Z of contemporary Art, episode 2 L-Z; V is for video, ABC Australia, presented by Andrew Frost, 2012.

The foreignness of language, – via Vimeo 
The language between us (2012), – via Vimeo 
Untitled #1 (Fish), – via Vimeo 
Untitled #1 (fish), Self-portraiture performance video. – from Untitled #1 (fish), via Vimeo