Father and Son, 1998


Jaan Toomik

© Jaan Toomik

In "Father and Son" (1998), a naked figure - Jan Toomik himself – skates on the frozen Baltic Sea then, having traced large circles in front of the viewer, disappears into the distance.

A pure, clear voice – that of his 10 year-old son – sings a Gregorian chant that accompanies this fragile crossing, an image of the transience of existence. This simple scene sets up an uneasy tension, inviting different interpretations and combining various religious and biographical references – Toomik was nine when he lost his father.

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