Metaphysical, and seemingly perilous, Ries Straver’s “Balloon” is a fluidly looping video of a young girl holding a giant red balloon that grows and shrinks. Set in an otherworldly background, the girl is at first ancillary and looks to be somehow controlling the size of the balloon she holds but as the video continues the balloon grows larger and larger in time with ominous audio creating a precarious tension as we wait for the balloon to burst.

Ries Straver’s “Balloon” is at first glance a simple study of tension and expectations but the foreboding characteristics of the girl elevate it to a level of auspicious uneasiness.

Photography by James Mollison.
Sound Design by Adam Lieber.

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