Milja Viita's Q and Salla Tykkä's Retrospective & Giant @ Kassel Dokfest
Milja Viita’s experimental short film Q (2016) will have its world festival premiere at Kassel Dokfest. Two short documentaries by Salla Tykkä, Retrospective (2016) and Giant (2014), will also be screened at the festival, held from November 15–20.
Q and Retrospective are included in the screening titled “Introspective”, at 11:15 on Friday, November 18. Giant will be screened as a part of Tampere Film Festival’s profile screening at 15:30 on Saturday, November 19.
Milja Viita’s Q is a conceptual film about forces that change the world. The artist’s firstborn son transformed, in the blink of an eye, into a young man. Q takes us to the end of the worlds, the depths of the ocean and to the ruins of Atlantis. Q is shot on 16 mm film with hand-coloured surface.
Milja Viita‘s (b.1974) installations and films consist of experimental and documentary elements. Her works have been exhibited in e.g. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Mänttä Art Festival and in film and media art festivals internationally. Milja Viita lives and works in Porvoo, Finland. She graduated with MFA degree in Time and Space Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2005.
Salla Tykkä’s Retrospective premiered in the international competition of Oberhausen Short Film Festival. It is a short film about the difficulty of remembering and the importance of forgetting. A film essay portraits a middle aged woman, through her voice and stories she tells about analogical cameras she has been using during her life, for art and film making. Her hands are shown opening and closing the cameras and testing if and how they still function. In between these images clips from 8mm material of landscapes and animals in Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego are shown.
Giant was filmed at the famous, Romanian, Communist-era gymnastics schools of Onesti and Deva where people still train fanatically. Top young gymnasts talk about their love of the sport, their fears and dreams. The combination with archival material from the 1970s onwards reveals links between the photogenic sport and the severe, modernist architecture of the sports centres. Giant was awarded with Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Salla Tykkä (b. 1973) lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki 2003. She has been working with photography, video and film since 1996. Her work mainly deals with audiovisual memory and the power structures within the everyday life visual narratives. In September 2016, she was awarded with AVEK award for media art.
Kassel Dokfest, November 15–20, Kassel, Germany
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