Galleri Sinne, Helsinki, Finland

Conversations with Mika Taanila and Eva Koch with Lorella Scacco

Social Videoscapes from the North

Helsinki, Galleri Sinne
11st BNovember 2013– 12th November 2013
h 6 p.m. | Galleri Sinne, Iso Roobertinkatu 16, Helsinki

Social Videoscapes from the North, curated by Lorella Scacco, was recently presented in Ekenäs/Tammisaari and Milan (Italy). The exhibition shows the video production of five established artists: Maria Friberg (Sweden), Siri Hermansen (Norway), Eva Koch (Denmark), Rúrí (Iceland), Mika Taanila (Finland).
The artworks are framed in a single project on one of the defining themes of the video production of the Nordic Countries: the attention to the social landscape.
Starting from the relationship between man and society, each artist declines the theme according to his poetry, while maintaining the common denominator of a documentary approach to the narrative.

The art project continues with seminars in the form of conversations between the curator and two of the artists’ group, Eva Koch and Mika Taanila, showing some extracts of their videos.

Starting from the piece “My Silence”, included in the group show, the focus of the dialogue will be the documentary aspect of Taanila’s art research. Finnish film director and video artist Mika Taanila is active between visual arts and documentary film. He took part in the latest edition of dOCUMENTA (13), and is displayed in Kiasma at the moment.

In her work, the Danish artist Eva Koch tells stories of ordinary people borrowing references from Art History. Being one of the Nordic pioneers in public video art, the conversation will focus on video installations in the urban space, showing another aspect of “social videoscape”.