Kate Nolan | Neither
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Julia Schiller
The view of this faded garden explodes my mind and I get paralyzed, I have no clue how to move two legs, let alone a thousand. — Natasha
Neither is an exploration into the hearts of young women in Kaliningrad. The first generation to have grown up after the collapse of the Soviet Union, they look to define their identity in this small ‘island’ within Europe. The women I have been living with and sharing with have generously opened up their homes and their minds to allow me to better understand this link between place, identity and history.
This project that has been such a large part of my life over the last few years is now at its final stage. Having changed and grown with the support of many, I finally feel like I’m getting a chance to give a voice to the amazing women that I spent so much time with bringing me into their homes, telling me of their dreams and fears. — Kate Nolan
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The book starts with an in-bound booklet of eyewitness accounts of women’s experiences of first arriving in Kaliningrad in 1945 from ‘Big Russia’ taken from the Oral History Archive of Kant University, Kaliningrad. We are then brought through contemporary images of the region and the women that now inhabit it with one of the personal handwritten accounts sliced into small parts and printed between the images. The book ends with a final in-bound booklet of the ‘diary’ entries of the modern women that are shown throughout the book. More on the Book HERE
Kate Nolan is an Irish visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport, 2010. Photography allows her to explore and tell the stories of those around her, constantly searching for new ways to challenge and reinvent the visualization of individual lives.
Her practice involves working closely with her subjects, listening and recording their stories, and then illustrating their circumstances through still images and text. Kate combines her art practice with running photographic events, workshops and is the director of Slideluck Potshow Dublin.
Her long-term project Neither has been selected for various exhibitions and publications internationally.
To see more of Kate’s work, please visit