The Development of Interdependence
Participation in Impulstanz festival with a live performance
Body, love and empowerment of women form the basis of all Helen Ora works. Within her works these three concepts manifest themselves in an ironic, even grotesque and yet tender manner. Her female characters live, suffer and move through a land of nowhere between their vulnerable selves in the alienating presence of others.
In the development of interdependence one such woman sets off from a clearing that is surrounded by a forest. Or rather, a live performer does so in a room where four walls are covered with video projections illustrating said forest. Figures are approaching from the eastern edge of the forest. Naked women wander unerringly through the landscape towards the west. What drives them? And how does this virtual movement affect the living figure at the center of this mysterious occurrence? Latvian artist Helen Ora presents herself as a virtuoso of uncanny images that compel with their stylized perfection that is taken to an artificial and absurd extreme.
FleshFlesh & FleshFlesh II
Curled in an embryonic position, a creative individual at a blank page. Naked, not protected from the world outside but sequestered from it, in order to sell his or her soul to the devil of art. The blank page becomes a black square, in which the immensity of life and art life’s and art gets lost. Then within it with difficulty is born a white point – the creative soul, which has surrendered itself to the mystery of art.