Marja Viitahuhta’s and Azar Saiyar’s works in Gallery Kurant, Tromso

Azar Saiyar and Marja Viitahuhta take part with Ida Palojärvi in a group exhibition “While We Forget” in Gallery Kurant, Tromso, Norway. The exhibition is open from August 23 to September 8.

While We Forget is a group exhibition bringing mixed-media and installation works together to explore a series of relationships: in movement, between kinesis and stasis; in memory, between recall and forgetting; in the sensual, between familiarity and strangeness. Rather than sitting as antagonistic binaries, the exhibition presents these relationships as taking place simultaneously, a constant flow happening in the same breath.

Azar Saiyar is a Helsinki-based filmmaker and visual artist. She often uses archive materials and plays with images and words of collective memory to look towards ways of looking, remembering and storytelling. Her films have been screened at international film and media art festivals, galleries, exhibitions, museums and broadcast on television.

Marja Viitahuhta (formerly Mikkonen) is a Helsinki-based media artist and filmmaker. Her works range from films, performances and installations to photography and collage. She holds a BA degree in performance art from the Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy and an MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. She has been awarded internationally at Cannes (Cinéfondation), Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Mediawave and L’Alternativa film festivals. Viitahuhta’s recurring themes focus on perception and experience of female protagonists. Her works deconstruct individual identities, memories, or the idealised imagery of nations and landscapes. Her work often speaks in an intimate and personal tone and deals with existence and mortality. The text and image are set in a dialogue in Viitahuhta’s experimental language. Viitahuhta often bases her work on documentary filmmaking, archive material and found images as well as interviews.

While We Forget, August 23 – September 8 2019, Kurant, Tromso, Norway

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