Jaan Toomik – Waterfall, 2005

<p>Jaan Toomik (b. 1961) is an acknowledged Estonian painter, video and performance artist, who recently got more and more involved in film. Having gained recognition as a painting student in the late 1980s, his practice shifted towards installation and performance art after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Toomik gained international recognition primarily for his video works such as “Dancing Home” (1995), and “Father and Son” (1998). The artist has exhibitied widely, both at home and abroad, where he has participated in the first Manifesta (1996), 4th Berlin contemporary art biennial (2006) and represented Estonia at the Venice Biennial twice, in 1997 and 2003.<br> </p> <p><br><br></p> <p>Waterfall was made in 2005, just after the earthquake in Sumatra that same year, and shows the artist in front of a waterfall, at times still, and at times with his mouth open, the sound of the waterfall emanating from the background.</p>