Being Nina, 2019 - ongoing, video, installation, performance, variable dimentions


“Being Nina explores the desire of the individual to be extraordinary and to have powers beyond her his/their nature. The video, which forms the basis of the work of art, has 13 chapters and is inspired by the performances of Nina Kulagina, a Russian housewife who became famous during the Cold War for her psychokinetic power that still arouses the interest of those fond of phenomenal powers. In the videos produced by Adina Mocanu, Nina’s playful mood is predominant, as she has fabulous powers but no obvious agenda - Nina seems to live for herself and to experiment with her powers in an alternative universe. Throughout the 13 chapters of the video, Nina’s powers increase exponentially and we notice her transition from a simple housewife to a form of deity. The video is presented on several channels in a site-specific installation, along with “miraculous” objects, in an individual space within the Kunsthalle Bega. This space, which allows usto enter her intimate superheroine universe, has become Nina Kulagina’s laboratory, where she creates her pieces and researches the energy she easily manipulates. The installation is accompanied by a performance providing us with more information about Nina’s life and the parallel history she has experienced during her life.” (Anca Verona Mihulet, with the occasion of the exhibition Chronicles of the Future Superheroes, Kunsthalle Bega, 2 October 2021 - 20 March 2022)

Videos, from left up to right down:


Being Nina| Chapter 4: The Daily Exercise, The Sea, The Cherries

Being Nina | Chapter 1: The Garlic, The Sphere, The Matches

Being Nina | Chapter 9: The Eye

Being Nina | Chapter 12: The Sphere, The Spheres and than again The Sphere

Being Nina | Chapter 11: The People’s House, The Meteor and The Corn

Excerpt from the live performance


Multi-channel video installation, on-site interventions, performance, Chronicles of the Future Superheroes, curator Anca Verona Mihulet, Kunsthalle Bega, Timisoara, Romania, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Kunsthalle Bega. Photo: Kunsthalle Bega, Vlad Cindea.