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Honkasalo-Niemi-Virtanen

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Artists Felicia Honkasalo, Akuliina Niemi and Sinna Virtanen formed a collective in 2015. Their collaborative projects span the realms of history, art and science, blending myths, history, experiences and interpretations. The artists describe their work in Helsinki Biennial as reflecting on how human life begins and ends in water. In doing so, they propose a new way of looking at the world.

Felicia Honkasalo (b. 1986), Akuliina Niemi (b. 1987), and Sinna Virtanen (b. 1987) formed a collective in 2015. Their collaborative projects span the realms of history, art and science, blending myths, history, experiences and interpretations. Projects are born from their curiosity and by chance — be it the story of an ichthyosaurus fossil, geological time, radioactive matter, or trauma and the destruction of life. Their practice is process and research-based, often working closely with experts from various scientific disciplines such as palaeontologists, physicists, archaeologists and microsurgeons. Final works are typically hybrids of visual arts, theatre and music in the form of large-scale installations.

Myth, fact and fantasy are interwoven in the multimedia installation Lazarus (2020), by the Honkasalo-Niemi-Virtanen artist collective. Combining video, text, sculpture and sound, it is located in a former armoury used by the Finnish military. The artists describe it as reflecting on how human life begins and ends in water.

In doing so, they propose a new way of looking at the world. Rather than dwelling on menacing doomsday images, they strive to broach difficult topics with empathy, humour, light-heartedness and fantasy.

The installation was produced with the kind assistance of the Finnish Navy and the plastic surgery unit of Töölö Hospital.

Photos: Sofia Okkonen

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