My Tree by Salla Myllylä selected for the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival!

My Tree by Salla Myllylä selected for the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival!

Salla Myllylä’s (b. 1961) new video My Tree (2015) will have its International Premiere at the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival, taking place place between February 3 and 14, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.

The film was selected through AV-arkki’s distribution. A total of 4,417 works from 87 countries and regions from around the world were submitted, the highest number in the Japan Media Arts Festival’s 19 year history.

In My Tree, a hand paints an outline for a tree on a window on a sunny spring day. People and cars pass by in the suburban backyard. The painting advances little by little. Passing of seasons is filmed through the aperture created by painting. The work describes a gesture of mark making and note taking in an everyday environment.​


Salla Myllylä lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated from Free Art School and the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. Her work moves between drawing, painting and moving images, and is always site specific.

Myllylä’s works have been presented in exhibitions at e.g. Gallery Huuto Jätkäsaari in Helsinki (2013), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2014), Charlottenborg Kunsthal in Copenhagen (2012) and in festivals such as Helsinki Short Film Festival (2012), art:screen festival in Orebro, Sweden (2012) and Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol (2012).

19th Japan Media Arts Festival (JMAF), Tokyo, Japan, February 3 – 14, 2016
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AV-arkki has promoted and distributed Finnish media art since 1989. AV-arkki’s promotional efforts have made the artist’s participation in this event possible.


In 2015, AV-arkki strives to gain recognition for Finnish media art and create new international partnerships, especially in the regions of Latin America and Japan. Our partners in this are the Finnish Institute in Madrid and the Finnish Institute in Japan. This development project is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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