Lighter Than Woman is a poetic documentary-performance about overcoming the gravity of life in direct and indirect ways. Norman observes Italy’s only female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti as a person who has overcome gravity literally by becoming weightless in outer space.
In parallel, Norman looks at Ukrainian female migrant labourers who live in Italy and work as caregivers for Italian elders, carrying the burden of their final years. They experience the heaviness in a literal matter by lifting the elderly as part of their daily routine
How these very different women deal with gravity, and what role their professional work plays in the happiness of human life are questions examined in Norman’s piece.
Trained as an artist, Kristina Norman is active both in the field of contemporary art and documentary filmmaking. While many of her art projects are presented in the form of video installations, the site-specific and the performative are also of great importance. Some of Norman’s more recent works are dedicated to the issues of migration, focusing on the aspects of memory and public representation. She represented Estonia at Venice Biennale in 2009.
Kristina Norman is undoubtedly one of the most controversial and versatile Estonian artists of the 21st century. – Art territory