Blown in the Wind, 2002

Blown in the Wind, 2002

During her stay in America, it was the Californian desert that made the biggest impression on Baranowsky. This landscape with its charged visual language found a way into several of her works. In Blown in the Wind the leading role is played by a tumbleweed that she found on one of her long walks. These plants are familiar to us from western films, where they are used as a metaphor – meanwhile a cliché – for the inhospitable and isolated landscape. The work’s comedy is based on a surreal combination of freeze-frame and movement: while the tumbleweed, driven by a strong wind, rolls into the distance, the landscape lies deathly still – not a cloud in the sky and not even a leaf is moving.  –Daniel Schreiber


1-channel video installation, ca. 90 cm x 120 cm, 1:16 min., color, silent


(1) Installation view at Kunsthalle Nürnberg, 2013. Exhibited as part of “Heike Baranowsky: Time Traps”, curated by Ellen Seifermann. Photo: Annette Kradisch

(2) Installation view at Galerie Barbara Weiss, 2003, as part of “Heike Baranowsky: American Skies”. Photo: Jens Ziehe