Appu Jasu’s Drift and Hannaleena Heiska’s Metamorphosis at WNDX Festival

Appu Jasu’s Drift (2022, in featured image) and Hannaleena Heiska’s Metamorphosis (2022) will be screened at WNDX Festival of Moving Image, held in Winnipeg from October 4–8 2023. Both short films are included in the screening Quest: Open Call, screened on Friday, October 6, at 19:00 in the Cinematheque.

In Drift, an encounter in the woods sends a squirrel on an inner journey. No animals were harmed in the making of this film.

Appu Jasu (s.1987) is an artist living in Helsinki working with video, photography, text and sound. In his works various beings react to settings shaped by contemporary power struggles. Jasu has graduated as MFA from Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki in 2021.

Hannaleena Heiska: Metamorphosis (2022)

What happens when the audience and staff have left and the art begins to live its own life? The work suggests indulging in a viewing experience and surrendering to the introduction of non-verbal narration. Metamorphosis is an experimental short film shot on 16mm black and white film that combines painting and contemporary ballet. The film is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between visual artist Hannaleena Heiska and dancer-choreographer Minna Tervamäki. It was shot in the empty exhibition hall of the Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA.

Hannaleena Heiska has actively participated in exhibitions around the world since graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, in 2006. She works with painting, drawing and moving image. Since 2016, Heiska has also been working on multi-disciplinary performances with the dancer and choreographer Minna Tervamäki. Their first collaborative piece Trace received its premiere at Espoo Museum of Modern Art – EMMA in November 2016. Their collaboration is an encounter between two modes of presentation and expression, a work that comes into being and develops in space and time, in which painting and dance, colours and bodily movements, are combined, in tandem with profound interaction between the two artists.

WNDX Festival of Moving Image, October 4–8 2023, Winnipeg, Canada

More information: WNDX

AV-arkki has promoted and distributed Finnish media art since 1989. AV-arkki’s promotional efforts have made the artists’ participation in this event possible. If you want to hear the latest news from our distribution, subscribe to our newsletter!