Nina Danino is an artist and filmmaker. She has made experimental narrative films which centre on self-inscription, the feminine and the subjective voice. She has written on the ‘feminine' and experimental film and is co-editor of the Undercut Reader - Critical Writings on Artists’ Film and Video ( Wallflower Press 2002)
Her filmography starts in 1981, she established her film career in the ambit of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op in the 1980s and as a member of the Undercut collective. She has produced worked across a wide range of media and formats including 16mm, 35mm and feature length film. Her recent work includes film and sound installation and stand alone audio. Her interests are in film and cinema as forms of transporting experiences. She has worked with the performativity of the voice, forms of narrative, music and song. Her work has addressed the sacred and the feminine in film aesthetics.
Her recent work focuses on the other as subjects in forms of documentary. Jennifer (2015) her recent feature length film is part of a series of works she made between 2013-2016 with monastic communities of women, the other works being Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara; a single chanel video of interviews and a 6-chanel audio installation (2015) and 16mm film (2016). Jennifer is a documentary portrait of both the interior of the monastery and of Jennifer, a Carmelite nun.
- 1973-74 St. Martin's School of Art, London , Foundation
- 1974-77 St. Martin's School of Art, London Painting. BA (Hons) Fine Art
- 1979-81 Royal College of Art, Environmental Media, MA RCA
Prior to lecturing at Goldsmiths in 2000, she taught at Camberwell School of Art (1993-2000), The Architectural Association School of Architecture (1996-1999) and Sheffield Hallam University (1990-1993)
She served as an external examiner for International Film School Wales, University of Wales’ BA Film and Media and MA Film programmes (2002-2005)
She teaches on the BA Fine Art and also contributes to the Department through PhD supervision in moving image, artists’ film, women’s cinema.
Nina Danino has shown her films at major international festivals including; Edinburgh, London, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor, Alchemy, Chicago, Feminale Cologne, Cambridge, Huelva. They have been broadcast on Ch 4, Kunst Kanaal TV Amsterdam, SBS-TV Australia. They have been exhibited worldwide in cinemas including; The Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Arsenal, Berlin, Lux, London, STUC, Leuven, Entrepot, Paris, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco, Tate Britain, Cinema Off off, Ghent, Tate Modern and in art spaces and museums including; National Gallery of Iceland, Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art, Genoa, Photo España Madrid, Mount Stuart, Ambika P3, Malta Contemporary Art Foundation, CAC Malaga.
In 2015-2016 she has shown at Glasgow Film Theatre, ExeterPhoenix, ICA Cinema, London, Estepona TV, Spain, Anthology Film Archives, New York, Cambridge Film Festival, From Reel to Real: Women, Feminism and the London Film-makers’ Co-operative, Tate Modern, GBC TV, Venice Film Week, That Which Remains, Mount Stuart Contemporary Visual Arts, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Gibraltar Leisure Cinemas, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Visions in the Nunnery.
Her work has received major awards from the Arts Council, National Lottery, Channel 4, British Film Institute. Her recent feature film Jennifer (2015) has been broadcast and received theatrical release. In 2016 she had a retrospective of her films at Closeup Filmcentre, London.
Monographs on her work are: Visionary Landscapes ed. Catherine Grant, Black Dog Publishing 2005
“…and the figtrees in the Alameda gardens”, Mousse Publishing 2013
The Undercut Reader - Critical Writings on Artists' Film and Video
Danino, Nina and Maziere, M.. 2002. The Undercut Reader - Critical Writings on Artists' Film and Video. Wallflower Press. ISBN 1903364477
Little Constellation: Contemporary Art in Geo-cultural Micro-areas and small States of Europe
Danino, Nina. 2010. Little Constellation: Contemporary Art in Geo-cultural Micro-areas and small States of Europe. In: Rita Canarezza and Pier Paolo Coro, eds. LIttle Constellation: Contemporary Art in geo-cultural micro-areas and small States of Europe. Milan, Italy: Mousse Publishing, pp. 82-86. ISBN 9788896501078
From Floor to Sky -The Experience of Art School and the teaching of Peter Kardia
Danino, Nina. 2010. From Floor to Sky -The Experience of Art School and the teaching of Peter Kardia. In: Peter Kardia; Malcolm Le Grice and Hester Westley, eds. From Floor to Sky -The Experience of Art School and the teaching of Peter Kardia. London: A&C Black, pp. 58-62. ISBN 9781408114995
Stabat Mater - A Nameless Place, Film the Feminine and the Sacred
Danino, Nina. 2007. Stabat Mater - A Nameless Place, Film the Feminine and the Sacred. In: G. Pollock and V. Turvey-Sauron, eds. The Sacred and the Feminine - Imagination and Sexual Difference. I.B.Tauris, p. 288. ISBN 9781845115203
Film, the Body and the Fold
Danino, Nina. 2006. Film, the Body and the Fold. In: J. Hatfield and S. Littman, eds. Experimental Film and Video: An Anthology. John Libbey, pp. 93-101. ISBN 9780861966646
Landscape, Film, Time and the Visionary: Speaking in the Dark
Danino, Nina; De Witt, H.; Gray, L. and Plate, S.. 2005. Landscape, Film, Time and the Visionary: Speaking in the Dark. In: Catherine Grant, ed. Visionary Landscapes, The Films of Nina Danino. London: Black Dog Publishing, 120-128, 66. ISBN 1904772072
Abstract Image in Future Film and Video Art
Danino, Nina; Joseph-Lester, Jasper; Petresin, Vesna; Laurent, Robert; Crone, Bridget and Zoller, Maxa. 2012. Abstract Image in Future Film and Video Art. Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), 1(2), pp. 79-88. ISSN 2045-6298
Contemporary Visual Art Programme 2012
Danino, Nina. 2012. Contemporary Visual Art Programme 2012. In: "Contemporary Art Programme", Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, United Kingdom, 23 June-31 October 2012.
Maya Deren in Context: British Women Filmmakers
Danino, Nina. 2011. Maya Deren in Context: British Women Filmmakers. In: "Maya Deren in Context: British Women's Filmmaking", BFI Southbank, London, United Kingdom, 9 October 2011.
Little Constellation - a vision of contemporary art in geo-cultural micro areas and small European States
Danino, Nina. 2010. Little Constellation - a vision of contemporary art in geo-cultural micro areas and small European States. In: "Little Constellation - a vision of contemporary art in geo-cultural areas and small European States", Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy, 8 March -8 April 2010.
From Floor to Sky - British Sculpture and the Studio Experience
Danino, Nina. 2010. From Floor to Sky - British Sculpture and the Studio Experience. In: "From Floor to Sky - British Sculpture and the Studio Experience", Ambika, P3, London, United Kingdom, 5 March-4 April 2010.
Slide–tape: Key Work in the UK since the 1960s
Danino, Nina. 1980. Slide–tape: Key Work in the UK since the 1960s. In: "Slide-tape: Key work in the UK since l980s.", Vivid , Birmingham, United Kingdom, 4 October- 30 November 2012.
Conference or Workshop Item
Little Constellation - Gibraltar Workshop
Danino, Nina; Canezza, Rita; Coro, Pier Paolo; Mangion, Mark and Racanovic, Svetlana. 2012. 'Little Constellation - Gibraltar Workshop'. In: Little Constellation - Workshop Gibraltar. Gibraltar 7-12th December.
Attending to the Other: Critical Theory and Spiritual Practice
Danino, Nina. 2010. 'Attending to the Other: Critical Theory and Spiritual Practice'. In: Attending to the Other: Critical Theory and Spiritual Practice. Faculty of Theology, St. Catherine's College, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom 23rd-26th September 2010.
Little Constellation - small States on un-certain stereotypes
Danino, Nina; Coro, Pier Paolo and Canarezza, Rita. 2012. Little Constellation - small States on un-certain stereotypes. Mousse Publsiher, Milan Italy.