The work is based on a performance set in a department store. 'An angel' dressed in a staff outfit takes care of people's sense of security in a suspicious way.
altruism, angels, candid camera, department stores, documentary films, experimental films, helping, infiltration (covert operations), performance (art forms), safety and security, saints, salespeople, shops, uniforms, urban landscape
Pilvi Takala (Author), Siri Baggerman (Cinematographer), Juha Laatikainen (Cinematographer), Pilvi Takala (Director), Kieran Dolan (Camera Assistant), Mariska Chardet (Camera Assistant)
Pilvi Takala (b. 1981) lives and works between Berlin and Helsinki. Her video works are based on performative interventions in which she researches specific communities in order to process social structures and question the normative rules and truths of our behaviour in different contexts. Her works show that it is often possible to learn about the implicit rules of a social situation only by its disruption. Her work has been shown in MoMA PS1 and New Museum, Kiasma, Palais de Tokyo, Kunsthalle Basel, Manifesta 11, Witte de With, and the 9th Istanbul Biennial. Takala won the Dutch Prix de Rome in 2011 and the Emdash Award and Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts in 2013.