Pilvi Takala’s The Committee (2014) and Salla Tykkä’s Giant (2014) are screened at Cample Line, Scotland. Cample Line is an independent arts organisation dedicated to presenting thought-provoking international contemporary arts for residents of the region and visitors from further afield. Takala’s and Tykkä’s works are included in a film programme “And Now for Something Completely Different“. The second screening of the three-part series takes place on July 22.–23.
In The Committee 8 to 12 year old children explain how they decided to spend 7000 pounds. They discuss the process of decision making and the values guiding their decisions. The children are 11 regulars at a youth center in Bow, London, and were invited by the artist to spend her Emdash Award budget, normally aimed towards production of art work for Frieze Art Fair. The children were free to spend the money any way they wanted as well as to choose how to make decisions in a group.
Pilvi Takala lives and works in Istanbul and Amsterdam. She graduated with MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and also studied in Glasgow School of Arts. Takala is known for her video works that investigate different social situations and human behaviour. These narrative works are based on site-specific performances and interventions. Takala’s works have recently been seen in Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm and Palais de Tokyossa in Paris. Takala was a candidate for the Ars Fennica Award in 2013 and won the British Emdash Award the same year.
Awarded with the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 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.
Salla Tykkä 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. Her works have in recent years been seen in solo and group exhibitions in London, Norrköping, Amsterdam, New York and Paris, and she has participated in Biennale of Sydney (2010) and Venice Biennale (2001). Tykkä’s films have also been shown at international film festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2007), Tribeca Film Festival in New York (2003) and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2003, 2002).
And Now for Something Completely Different, Cample Line, Scotland, UK, 22.–23.7.2017
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