In Time Passes, we follow Damla, a young art student at the end of the summer, who in the context of her art project decides to follow the Roma woman Bianca as she begs each day, keeping her company along the roadside. Damla is striving to achieve perfect quality, but is this even possible, given her position as an artist? She quickly runs into a plethora of ethical questions.
The poverty and social inequality with which Damla is confronted are in sharp contrast to the safe and privileged environment of the art school, causing her to struggle with her role as an artist. In the context of this existential crisis, she asks herself if her friendship with Bianca and her political engagement could be more effective outside an artistic framework. This issue is a recurring theme in the work of the Norwegian artist, Ane Hjort Guttu.
Time Passes contains all the requisite self-relativization, as it rides on a strong, ironic undertone, repeatedly holding up a mirror in front of our noses.