Sarah Turner - Lake Baikal (2013)

Lake Baikal is a series of four video studies totaling 57 minutes by British artist and prolific film maker, Sarah Turner which explore the fantastical landscape of the Siberian lake by the same name.

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Shot in 2008, and premiered at the Institute of Art and Ideas in January 2009, Lake Baikal builds upon Turner’s experimental film work of the last two decades which has explored the relationship between internal and external realities. The work focuses on the dramatic impact of the lake meeting the air and shores. This boundary between the astoundingly deep interior of the lake and the exterior landscape may be a clear one scientifically yet Turner’s work presents it as anything but. Instead the boundary is lost in the all-consuming blur of steam which covers and coils over the surface of the lake in winter. Similarities between this work and Lawson’s skies are apparent in the way both use an entirely honest method of representation to present natural scenery in an engrossingly alien way. It’s unsurprising therefore, that the astounding beauty of the works often leads the viewer to question the authenticity of the imagery, touching upon our self imposed boundaries to the perception of reality.

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