I Am Neuter

Nina Lassila

Neutrum is a latin adjective meaning neither masculine or feminine. In this video we see a person talking to the camera in French. It is obvious that French is not her native language. She talks about the difficulties one faces being a stranger, the other. It is important to learn languages but is it possible to integrate completely? To which degree do languages define and form us? The English subtitles have been translated as incorrectly as the French spoken in the video. The video reflects on questions of language, gender and integration.

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Original Title
Ich bin Neutrum
Finnish Title

En ole kumpikaan

English Title

I Am Neuter

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Nina Lassila (Author), Nina Lassila (Cinematographer), Nina Lassila (Director), Nina Lassila (Editor), Nina Lassila (Producer), Nina Lassila (Script), Nina Lassila (Sound Design), Nina Lassila (Actor)
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Nina Lassila is a visual artist born 1974 in Helsinki, Finland currently living and working in Belgium. Nina Lassila works mainly with video and performance. In many of her works she deals with questions of identity – specifically identity affected by social barriers, conventions based on gender and upbringing and cultural differences. In addition, she is interested in exploring issues such as supernatural phenomena, art and economic structures. She has participated in several international group shows and video festivals. Education: Swedish Polytechnics FIN 1994-1997, School of Photography & film Gothenburg SE 2000-2002, Valand School of Fine Arts Gothenburg SE (MFA) 2004-2006, Guest student at ENSAD Paris 2009.