Salla Tykkä's short films at OLHO in Brazil, August 14 – 20
Image: Salla Tykkä: Zoo (2006)
Created and curated by Alessandra Bergamaschi and Vanina Saracino, the OLHO exhibition screening brings together works that stand out in the international panorama of contemporary art and engage in a direct or dialectical manner with cinema.
The event features the following artists: Laurent Grasso, Jesper Just, Adrian Paci, Salla Tykkä, Enrique Ramirez, Tamar Guimaraes, Mario Garcia Torres, Pietro Fortuna, Reynold Reynolds and Guido van der Werve.
Zoo | 2006 | 12′
A woman is taking pictures of cages in a zoo. The animals from within stare back at the woman and follow her with their eyes. The viewer and the object change places. The woman plunges into deep water, where a game of violent underwater rugby is on. She surfaces to breathe, but the stares of the animals and the camera’s view block her escape route. In desperation she makes an extreme decision.
Lasso | 2000 | 3’48”
Lasso exposes a moment in a young womans life; moment at which ones inability to face the other – or oneself, even – is squeezed into a powerful sensation somewhere on the edge of the unreal.
Giant | 2014 | 12’20”
Giant features leading junior team gymnasts of Romania. The film is shot in two boarding schools for artistic gymnastics in Onesti and Deva. A soundtrack of interviews with the gymnasts accompanies images of them training and of empty gymnasiums. Archive film footage starting from 1970s and clips from a feature fiction film shot in the same locations reveal not only a continuity in picturing this sport but also the structures of recording it.
Salla Tykkä was born in 1973 in Helsinki, were she lives and works. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki 2003 and participated in the Venice Biennale in 2001. Her latest solo exhibitions include: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, 2013; Drimart Garibadi, Istanbul, 2012; EX3, Florence, 2011; Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, 2010. Tykkäs films have been shown at international film festivals such as the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, 2014, 2003, 2002; 8th Miami International Film Festival, USA, 2009; 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2007; 21st Brest European Short Film Festival, France, 2006; Tribeca Film Festival, New York, USA 2003. Her most recent short film Giant was awarded with the Canon Tiger Awards for Short Film at the 43rd International Rotterdam Film Festival 2014.
OLHO video art cinema, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14 – 20, 2015. For more information: http://www.olho.ooo/