Balance (2018)

video art
raisafoster_balance_still

2018
HD video
1:27 min
Color
Silent
Edition 3 (+ artist’s copy)

Raisa Foster (performer, editor)
Satu Järvinen (camera)

In Balance green forest dominates the image. In the foreground, the human hands are lifting branches that have fallen into the ground. The person, who stays anonymous for viewers, balances the crossing sticks on their hands. The branches are swinging and are at risk of falling. The movements of the human and the elements of nature give tension to the piece. In the video that is presented as a loop, the hands are lifted to the image, and then they fall out from the frame again. Only a peaceful and rich natural environment remains. The relationship between humans, dead branches, and the flourishing forest raises questions about the human aspiration to control nature, but also the need to find harmony and balance concerning the environment.