Leaves for Limbs

Cindy Qiu and Anika Rios

Video, 2024

Cindy Qiu and Anika Rios form a replacement relationship between plant life and humans through the video work Leaves for Limbs. This artistic collaboration guides viewers through synchronized movements amid the elements—wind, rain, and other atmospheric conditions.

The art of dance blurs boundaries between human and botanical existence. Viewers watching are invited to become hypnotized by scorching climates while reflecting on the idea that the behaviors of humans and plants possess the power to mimic and influence one another. What might one feel if clips instead captured nature as itself?

Cindy Qiu and Anika Rios beckon viewers to not merely observe but to immerse themselves in the delicate balance between humanity and the natural world, creating an appreciation of how we are all linked.