Helinä Hukkataival: Space between Ritual and Carnival
Artist Helinä Hukkataival works with video, photography, performance and installations. The book, Space between Ritual and Carnival, which will be launched at the Saari Residence on 19 November 2015, presents her works for the last 15 years. The book combines the making of art with the research of art and visual culture. It received a Kone Foundation grant last year.
The introduction to the monograph Space Between Ritual and Carnival was written by Dutch cultural theorist Mieke Bal, and the essays were written by art historian Mervi Appel. The book also contains an interview with Helinä Hukkataival and lots of photos of her performances. The languages of the book are Finnish, Swedish and English.
The quiet, peaceful motion that resists the hectic rhythm of everyday life is characteristic of Hukkataival’s performances. Her performances are carefully considered minimalist images or visual happenings with references to Zen philosophy.
Often they are based on trivial matters or things in which the original meaning or purpose is changed. Her performances progress according to an unpredictable, dreamy logic, and they are open to viewers’ interpretations. Her goal is to find a general level of personal experience by paying attention to minor events, shades and relationships that quietly shape us.
The book is complemented with a series of exhibitions which started at the 6th Triennial of Pirkanmaa in September. Hukkataival has also exhibited in Italy and at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere this autumn. In November she performed at the MAD HOUSE Transgeneration Week Program event, and in February next year there will be an exhibition by the Five Rooms group (Maija Helasvuo, Helinä Hukkataival, Johanna Ilvessalo, Anni Rapinoja, Anne Tompuri and Annu Vertanen) at the Kajaani Art Museum.