Pipilotti Rist: Hand Me Your Trust
The site-specific moving image work created by artist Pipilotti Rist for the M+ Facade, Hand Me Your Trust is set within and responds to Hong Kong’s illuminated skyline.
Mirroring the dynamics of the city itself, Rist approaches the concept of the hand from a variety of different scales, from an intimate human scale to one that is expanded to the size of a building. As the hands weave and chart a path around various objects at varying velocities, Rist offers a meditation on Hong Kong’s iconic design and architecture heritage as well as on the individual hands that sculpted, placed, and forged these ubiquitous forms into being. Incorporating the artist’s typically vivid colour palettes and freeform camera work, Rist’s work presents an energetic celebration of the many people that made the city—and our world.
In Hand Me Your Trust, hands appear as beautiful extensions of our emotional states and enablers of our creative impulses. They are also mediums for the poetry of pure motion. In the artist’s words, ‘my work looks at hands not only as working and creating, but also ornamentally: our hands can be beautiful extensions of our emotions, to communicate with other living beings without words.’