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Pipilotti Rist, Gravity Be My Friend, 2007. Installtion view at Magasin 3, Stockholm/SE. Photo by Johan Warden.

Gravity Be My Friend (2007)

Gravity Be My Friend is the final part of a trilogy that includes Homo Sapiens, designed to work seamlessly with the architecture of the Church of San Stae in Venice, and A Liberty Statue developed
for London, both 2005. The series marks a journey from an age of innocence, through to the birth of civilisation and out to some
unknown space. Submerged under water for most of the piece, the camera is drawn into the frivolity of the diving, water-loving protagonists Pepperminta and her brother as they play, uninhibited.

‘’With this work I want to encompass a flash of consciousness, in the spectators’ minds, a kind of mildness to themselves and a relativisation of their problems.’’

Pipilotti Rist

Gravity is a concept to which Pipilotti has regularly returned in her work – from turning a room on its head in Flying Room, 1995,to her ongoing work underwater. Water itself is a recurrent protagonist within Pipilotti’s work with swimming and floating
offering the nearest parallel to a weightless environment. The artist practices yoga, and the influence of Eastern meditation
provides an alternative source of reference for this work that seeks to transcend the physics of the everyday.

Visually evoking classical mythology, religious and romantic symbolism, Gravity Be My Friend is striking in its use of imagery; apples, fruit and bodies are laden with references. The sound-track - a soothing lullaby of strings and bells - plays alongside visuals that evoke the psychedelic colours of the sixties, an era that is a great inspiration to the artist and in which she sees unbridled utopianism and a sense of promise.