‘Coming Back’ is a video installation reflecting the effect extreme experiences have on human beings.

Coming Back is about people returning to the limits they temporarily transcend when they run a marathon. This work records their first moments after Kuopio runners return from a marathon and slowly ‘come back’ to themselves.

The work also explores taboos of gaze and intimacy, confronting the physical reality of the body’s limits and endurance. Though marathons attract hundreds of people, the final moments are a mixture of pain, pleasure, relief and often stunned silence. For the public, watching this final moment is intriguing and hard to watch. For the runners they often avoid all gaze and contact.

Coming Back offers permission for people to see and hear runners returning to themselves.

Coming Back was commissioned for Anti Festival 2015, Kuopio, Finland.

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