The Leaning and the Blind

Pathirane Sara

By the Leaning tower of Pisa, an endless choreography goes on. Attempting to catch the iconic shot, people are posing as if holding the tower up. Hundreds of strangers fumble and probe at air, like the blind, finding their way. This creates a shared language of movement, a global game of chinese whispers. In the soundscape, the sound of an electroacoustic glockenspiel blends together with sounds of sparrows recorded in different continents. The taxonomic family of sparrows, in their various species and subspecies, are globally ubiquitous. Where you find people, you will too find sparrows. The soundscape outlines the meditative state of mind of the people who enter the moment of the pose.

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The Leaning and the Blind
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Sara Pathirane (Author), Sara Pathirane (Cinematographer), Ariana van Gelder (Composer), Sara Pathirane (Director), Sara Pathirane (Editor), Sara Pathirane (Script), Ariana van Gelder (Sound Design), VISEK (Funder)
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Sara Pathirane

Born: 1985

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).