Mesas (In The Woods)
Mooste, Estonia (2013)
HD Farbe, 3:50 min., Camera: Sasha Kheyfets
During a residency in Estonia I worked with children from the local school in a collaborative video piece. Since my childhood I have been afraid of the woods. Maybe because I grew up in the city my relationship to the forest has never been easy. In Mooste I saw myself surrounded by forest. Estonia is a country of woods, almost 50% of its territory is covered with forest. It was time to challenge my fears. I asked the children to teach me how to talk to the woods. Using their expertise growing up in a village surrounded by forest, they showed me their favourite trees and taught me Estonian phrases. Together we decided that I walk blindfolded and they guide me through the forest to challenge my fears. I remember the feeling of warm hands holding me while I repeated the phrases they whispered into my ears. The video piece documenting our action in the woods became a mysterious witness of our collaboration.
In collaboration with Uko Hainsoo, Kati Soomets, Joosep Raik, Heiko Krill, Berit Käos, Kaspar Pau, Merle Värva, Maik Kolats, Markes, Kesa und Marjon Laine