Bita Razavi (1983) is a visual artist living and working between Helsinki and Tartu. Bita’s practice is centred around observation of the inner workings of social systems in relation to political structures and national events of historic proportions in various countries. She has exhibited her work at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Cité international des Arts (Paris, France), Fotografisk Center (Copenhagen, Denmark), Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (Sweden) and Latvian National Museum of Art. Razavi was the recipient of the Oskar Öflunds Foundation’s grand prize in 2017.
Many seem concerned about advancements in technology and imagine a Terminator-like doomsday scenario. The Dog Days Will Be Over Soon paints an alternative picture, taking on a more sentimental perspective. The series focuses on liminal states between physical and digital experiences, between artificial and natural spaces. A series of photographs in gilded frames that allude to classical landscape paintings. They are, however, photos captured in the environment of different video games – beautiful computer-generated scenery.
Razavi takes on an impressionist approach towards the ephemeral nature of light and its effect on colours. In doing so, she records the footage over and over again under different light and weather conditions, once again all inside a computer game. In a series of sculptures with discarded game electronics and plants, on the other hand, she suggests yet another relationship between organic and digital.