Nina Danino was born in Gibraltar. She studied Fine Art, Painting at St Martin’s School of Art (1973-1977) and Environmental Media at the Royal College of Art (1978-1981) in London.
Nina Danino’s films combine the subjective voice with observational narrative as a means of speaking from a feminine perspective and forms of self-inscription. Her films are known for her use of the voice reciting her writing and literary texts which created elliptical narratives. She also introduced religious iconography as forms of intense expression in her films of the 90s. In the trilogy of films l990-1997 she combined psychoanalysis, the subjective and performed voice to convey emotional and ecstatic states and the feature film Temenos (1997) about apparitions and visionary experience, “lead us on journeys through altered states, religious experiences and emotional landscapes, sometimes to the edge of the representable” (Helen De Witt). In her film soundtracks she has collaborated with vocalists, composers and singers including New York experimental vocalist Shelley Hirsch in “Now I am yours” (1993) and with Tuvan vocalist Sainkho Namtchylak and English soprano Catherine Bott in the landscape feature film Temenos (1997).
Her work has been broadcast and shown internationally in museums, cinemas, film festivals and galleries and is published on DVD and CD.
Visionary Landscapes, Black Dog Publishing (2005) is a monograph on her films also “…and the figtrees in the Alameda gardens” Mousse Publishing (2013) She also writes on experimental film and was a member of the Undercut collective and co-edited The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists’ Film and Video, London (2002).
Nina Danino is Reader in Fine Art at Goldsmith’s, London.
Nina Danino has received major awards from the Arts Council of England, British Film Institute, National Lottery, London Production Fund and Channel 4.
Listen here to a recording of Nina Danino in discussion with the writer Adrian Rifkin recorded at LUX to mark the launch of the new LUX DVD Rupture/Rapture/Jouissance: The Religious Trilogy 1990-1997.