Sara Pathirane is one of the featured Video Art + Digital Media screening artists on Adelaide Festival Centre’s media screen in June.
Sara Pathirane’s A Shipwreck (2013) depicts a timeless space, where there are no other images, but all the stories and images can rise from this nowhere state of mind. The artist has travelled inside the pigment, into a monochromatic image where the pigment does not attach to the canvas but flies around painting the wind visible.
It is also an existential thought, thinking what is to be in the surroundings where we are, and how a gesture, such as lying down, changes it social meaning when done in different locations.
Shot in the Sahara Desert in 2013, A Shipwreck has screened in site-specific installations, where Pathirane sometime performed lying on top of the film’s reflection.
Sara Pathirane’s work deals with the tradition of landscape painting and the problematics of taking a picture. As shooting locations for her videos she uses nature areas known from movies and paintings, shifting between the everyday and the fiction. She works with video, painting and live-installations. Pathirane lives and works in Helsinki. She has studied in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and Accademia Albertina in Torino. Her works have been shown for example at Taiga-Space, Saint-Petersburg (2016), Colombo Art Biennale (2016) and Kiasma (2010, 2013).
Sara Pathirane: A Shipwreck, June 2019, Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia
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