Lerato Shadi
Title of installation
‘Hema’ (or ‘Six hours of out breath captured in 792 balloons’).

Length of film
Five minutes 26 seconds.

Describe your video installation.
The video is footage of a performance staged in an office space in Cape Town. The performance consisted of me situating myself within the office and becoming an architectural feature of the building, where for six hours, from 10am until 4pm, I blow up balloons by breathing out only into the balloons.

What message are you trying to convey?
‘Hema’ deals with the question of how an artwork and work are valued and packaged, taking six hours of my breathing, blowing balloons (a seemingly playful act) and packaging that into a five-minute video. It is a comment and investigation into how we choose to spend the hours that make up the days of our life.

Where do you appear in the film?
I place myself in the centre of the building, while the balloons invade the rest of the space.

Who inspires you?
I think we’re all inspiring. Maybe not all the time, and it might not even be most of the time, but there are certainly moments in everyone’s life that are inspiring, and those are worth celebrating.

Do you have a favourite filmmaker?
Most of the artists in this exhibition are quite exceptional.