• Netta Madahar (English, b. 1966)
    Falling, 2005
    video animation, 16:9
    duration: 7 minutes
    edition of 3
    Music composed by Miguel d'Oliveira
    Courtesy of the artist and Miller Yezerski Gallery
    Film Still: courtesy of Miller Yezerski Gallery

    Netta Madahar (English, b. 1966)
    Falling, 2005
    video animation, 16:9
    duration: 7 minutes
    edition of 3
    Music composed by Miguel d'Oliveira
    Courtesy of the artist and Miller Yezerski Gallery
    Film Still: courtesy of Miller Yezerski Gallery

Neeta Madahar: Falling

Friday, December 6, 2013 to Sunday, April 6, 2014
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The familiar becomes extraordinary in Neeta Madahar’s Falling (2005).* In this video animation, countless sycamore seeds cascade in slow motion toward the viewer in a mesmerizingly orchestrated descent. Accompanied by a musical score by composer Miguel d’Oliveira, Falling explores the beauty and unexpected drama of our everyday surroundings, transforming aspects of the natural world into a dreamlike state.

Inspired by the act of looking, Madahar creates an immersive environment that oscillates between memory and nature. The playfully descending seeds recall a childhood pastime while the subsequent slowed action draws viewers to the present, evoking deeper reflections of naturally occurring phenomenon in our continuously mediated culture. Madahar’s unique temporal shift reveals an imaginative side of the ordinary and exhibits the complexities inherent in our perceptions of the natural and artificial world.  

*Falling was jointly commissioned by Fabrica, Photoworks, and the Institute of International Visual Arts, London.