Roover’s new video art work, Coexistence (2018), will be screened on Sunday, August 26, in the event Storytelling for Earthly Survival. Storytelling for Earthly Survival is a collaborative event between Index and Marabouparken, held in the garden of Marabouparken.
The exhibition And Tomorrow And presents a demanding cacophony of voices questioning our collective futures. Ecological disaster, inter-species collaboration, cyborgian manifestations, from these new and altered states artists consider differing formulations of futures.
Blanc is included in the daily screening programme of the exhibition. Blanc is film about the highest place in Europe, Mont Blanc or The White Killer as some mountain climbers call it. It belongs to the category of mountains that have high rate of deadly accidents. The point of view in the work consists of anxiety towards being in high places contradicting with images of mountaineers who approach mountains as places of self-empowerment and are witnesses of the sublime scenery and melting glaciers.
Coexistence is a collection of subjective thoughts and moments in the forest, combined with scientific knowledge and dreams affected by Amazon forest in the form of an essay film. The imagery of the Amazonian rainforest is often sold as ‘nature’ in its most pristine state and as an opportunity to experience a paradise on earth. However, as a site it has many faces and layers of human and non-human history and changes. The region’s forested landscapes have been shaped by human populations since hunter-gatherers first arrived in lowland South America. As Finnish artist Kati Roover walked in the forest with her camera, she attempts to capture it the rainforest as multi-dimensional presence with many layers of plants, soils, stories, sounds, smells, changes, knowledges and beings coexisting. She says of the experience, ‘It felt almost impossible to capture its essence.’
Kati Roover (b. 1982) lives and works in Helsinki. Her works are often based on different ways of forming knowledge in the midst of massive environmental changes. Roover’s interests include natural sciences, anthropology and documentary essay films. Roover received her Master of Fine Arts, Univeristy of Arts Helsinki in 2016.
And Tomorrow And, 25.8.–25.11.2018, Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm.
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