Gustafsson&Haapoja’s work features the idea of utopia or the possibility of a different world. The latest project explores how the way of being a human should be adapted so that it enables a more sustainable relationship with the world.
Gustafsson&Haapoja’s collaboration was launched in 2012. The project began by exploring history and society from the perspective of other species, and has progressed to dismantling the concepts of human and animal and how they relate to the mechanisms of racialisation, sexism and social exclusion. The idea of utopia or the possibility of a different world features in all of Gustafsson&Haapoja’s work. A new project Becoming explores how the way of being a human should be adapted so that it enables a more sustainable relationship with the world.
Gustafsson&Haapoja’s art inhabits the mediums of installation and video art, conceptual art and performance. Visual artist Terike Haapoja (b. 1974) and author, scriptwriter and playwright Laura Gustafsson (b. 1983) combine a poetic approach to documentary material in their work. The artists’ theatre backgrounds are also often visible in the works. The collaboration also highlights the importance of connecting the projects with the surrounding reality through essays, discussions and activism.
Becoming is a meditation on practices, behaviours, beings, and human traits that are worth cherishing and nurturing. The interviewees in the video are activists, thinkers, artists, carers and children from Finland and the United States whose lifestyle, work and environment hints at a budding positive change emerging in people’s approach to life.
The speakers propose new, healthier ways of interacting with other people and life forms. How can we build a sound connection between our bodies and the outside world, and how can we share our common resources fairly and equitably?
Watch Becoming here.
Gustafsson & Haapoja
Museum of Becoming
Exhibition, HAM Helsinki Art Museum