Cherry Nin (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, writing, performance and sound. Through storytelling and character work Nin navigates queerness, taboo desire, collectivity, and contemporary isolation, creating placid worlds in which a host of wicked realities lie bubbling just below the surface. Utilizing what they have available—friends as actors and bedroom as set—Nin employs experimental modalities to create neurotic characters with fraught inner worlds, characters attempting to survive harsh societal violences and a world on the brink of falling apart.
Alongside their art practice, Cherry is an organizer. They are the founder of Krissy Talking Pictures, a video art organization in Philadelphia that makes space for queer artists without access to mainstream institutions. Cherry is a recipient of the Leeway Foundation's Art & Change Grant, the Philadelphia Independent Media Fund, and a past artist in residence at Outpost Artist Resources in Queens, NY.
This website presents an overview of recent work.
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Stills from The Birthers, video, in progress
The Birthers is an experimental video project depicting the state of queer dreams amidst environmental disaster. In collaboration with a cast and crew of peers, the filmmakers create a surreal document reflective of their friend's attempts to envision a future while navigating the present.
Preview of Question Everything Bitch, video, April 2021
A collaboration with Rat Porridge. Question Everything Bitch is a hyper-real video project documenting the relationship between the two filmmakers and their environments as they play-pretend fictionalized versions of themselves in a fantastical underground world.
Access the full video via the Krissy Talking Pictures web shop.
a little bit like breathing, video, July 2020
Two friends listen to an uprising bubbling up from below. Using voice memos collected between March - July 2020, audio is cut up and collaged to form an eroded landscape of rallies, gatherings and intimate spaces.
Please listen with headphones if possible
you could live in this, video, January 2020
A free box as a portal
the cloud, video, March 2019
Looming doom in cotton ball form
The internet doesn't know what's wrong with me
Obituaries bloom like rotten drugstore valentines
A damsel (me) snorts 5 tons of that speculative stuff (you) then cries in the deepest pit of postpartum shit
Oh image producer power Oh pill like a cross Oh pie in the sky
Oh say did you see
The way that flag kissed the wind?
Oh say did you hear
The crowds went home?
Nuclear families, health insurance, student loans
The fields are all empty now
Springtime and my eyelids start sprouting skinny petals
No doctor and
The internet doesn’t know what’s wrong with me
Bathroom break on the clock
'Don't change the channel' is a 28 page zine containing stories, 'don't change the channel' & 'Gatorville,' published in February 2021.
Photos by Constance @ Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 2020
Krissy Talking Pictures is a video art label I founded in 2019 in Philadelphia. Krissy events are collaborative and involve installation, performance, screenings and music. These events have taken place at underground spaces across Philadelphia and online, and feature work by queer Philadelphia artists. We are currently on a virtual college tour.
In May 2020 KTP became a collective with four members.