Veronika Spierenburg

I am the mirror


The experience of somebody cutting your hair, washing your face, cleaning your ears is thrown back to childhood where you are dependent on adults. It is a spiritual treatment where the customer can quietly think or becoming thoughtless. The visual focus is on the contrast of relaxed customer faces and the swift movements of the barber’s hands, pointing out an intimate gesture in the transformation of hair.
The focus of the video lies on the street barbers in China. I used a close up view of customer faces to cut out information of the immediate place. Thereby sound is an important factor in the presence of the audience’s blindness of the surroundings. Cars roar, bicycles passing by, people talk, a person sings interweaved with sound of scissor cuts and sound of water.