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Video installation ‘ARC-EN-CIEL’ consists of fragments; notes from diaries and extracts from books. Thoughts about pregnancy and birth are intercut with statements and farewell letters from women who have committed suicide or participated in suicide attacks. The name is modified from a 19th-centurymedical term to describe the alleged arch shape a hysterical woman’s body makes. Two stories about life’s opposites: one dealing with birth, the other with loss. In spite of their contrast they have one important common denominator; both describe the mysterious fortune/misfortune of having to choose one’s own life. The work is a 2-channel installation with an interior wall and wallpaper, it is also available in Swedish.

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Original title / Arc-en-ciel
Type / Installation
Genre / Installation, Personal narrative, Political commentary
Country / Sweden
Picture ratio / 4:3
Duration / 00:11:01
Language / Finnish
Sound format / Stereo
Year / 2007
Credits / Marika Orenius (Cinematographer), Jesper Toss (Cinematographer), Marika Orenius (Author), TImo Muurinen (Composer), Marika Orenius (Director), Marika Orenius (Producer), Johanna Storm (Sound Design), Liisa Valkeanpää (Translator), Marjut Orenius (Translator), Liisa Valkeanpää (Voice Over), Nina Lassila (Voice Over), Marika Orenius (Voice Over)
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