"They tell me I need a job, to be responsible, grow-up and be someone important. Here in Russia at 25 a woman is supposed to have a family, home, good job, everything sorted out. Sometimes I start to believe them and then I meet someone normal like you and it changes." - Irina
Neither, by Kate Nolan (Dublin, Ireland 1979) is an ongoing exploration into the hearts of the young women of post-soviet Kaliningrad. Locked into dreams of a future that their homeland cannot recognize or fulfill, they look afar. Living in isolation from both their motherland and the new Europe, they must struggle to negotiate their own place in a society in continual flux. The women Nolan has been living with and sharing with have with generosity opened up their homes and minds to allow her to better understand this link between place, identity and history.