2B1 is an interactive music video that metaphorically explores the inner conflict caused by identity issues. The animation is inspired by the disconnection the author experienced while living on and off in two drastically different countries; It hints at bilingualism and culture differences between the UK and Russia.
The animation shows the everyday life of Cole - a guy literally split in between two realities. (The viewer is able to separately observe each half by switching in-between said realities) As the story progresses it is revealed that living in two worlds isn’t easy. The two halves seem to disagree on what to do, each one interested only in their own world. They end up confronting each other head to...leg in a fight. Although victory comes at a cost of loosing the other part of themselves forever. The viewer is the one who chooses the winner, but if they refuse to make a choice- Cole's parts fuse together and the worlds he was living in merge as well.
Cole realises that he doesn't have to pick one part of himself, but rather can get the best of both worlds and become whole. Or, as the title implies - to be one.
"My name is Nica Petrova. I am a Russian artist studying illustration&animation in the UK at Anglia Ruskin University for my BA, graduating in 2020."
I lived my fair share in different countries throughout my whole life and now, at the age of 20, I'm reflecting on how those experiences affected my identity. Being bilingual and feeling like I don't know either language well enough; Containing drastically different cultures within myself and feeling like I never fully fit in, unless I'm with the people that are in the same situation as I am; Always leaving someone behind to discover something new; Wondering where I should stay or should I even stay at all? Those issues are metaphorically explored in my graduation film. And through the process of creating it I, same as the main character of the animation, I found a way to make sense of it all and unite the two different parts of myself.