Landscape - NOMINEE: Rainy Siagian
Birdwatching and Silver Sunbeam
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BIRDWATCHING AND SILVER SUNBEAM (2019)
In Birdwatching and Silver Sunbeam, Rainy Siagian attempts to observe the way the midnight sun affects the landscape in Iceland. Which is a natural phenomenon that takes place during the summertime, where a consecutive 24-hour span of sunlight can be experienced.
By switching her day into night and night into day, body and mind got fully confused. Days seem to be endless. Dark, starry night can’t be observed. Through wandering in nature, a conceivable field of action was created within her, an intermediate space full of transformative dynamics. After midnight while everyone else is asleep, the birds and herself seem to be the only one who is still awake in the land where the sun doesn’t set, it barely touches the horizon and fades seamlessly into sunrise.
Rainy Siagian (1994, BE) gained her master’s degree in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium in 2018. Her work deeply reflects life as a natural process of change by constantly researching and exploring in every direction. Focused on poetic visual storytelling, where isolation is the key to get as close as possible to her subject. She always put herself in the most uncomfortable situation to makes her use all her senses as its best.