Above Our Horizon

Nastja Säde Rönkkö

In ‘Above Our Horizon’, we see the artist don a carnival mask of a bird’s head, whose exaggerated size and features hint at an uncanny reality being portrayed on screen: a hybrid of our known and shared world, and a dream world. The work, presented as an installation comprising a projection, a monitor, a photograph and small watercolour paintings, touches on the elemental. It encompasses the sea, the air, which is criss-crossed by the flight of birds and bats and dotted with stars, a “sea salt whirlwind”, fire and a burned hill, as well as fish, which is grilled alive to provide sustenance. The voiceover mentions “our letters resting on her wooden bedroom soil”. Running through it all is the metallic, earthy aroma of blood.

Production Year
2019
Duration
00:03:11
Type
Tags
Original Title
Above Our Horizon
English Title

Above Our Horizon

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Nastja Säde Rönkkö (Author), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (Cinematographer), Timo Kaukolampi (Composer), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (Director), Heli Kota (Editor), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (Producer), Hietalahden Tilajakamo (Production Unit), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (Script), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (Sound Design), Suomen Kulttuurirahasto / Finnish Cultural Foundation (Funder)
Nastja Säde Rönkkö (b. 1985) is an artist living in London and Helsinki. She works with video, performance, installation, participatory art, internet and text. She has exhibited and performed internationally in places such as Somerset House, London, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, SXSW, Austin, TX, Royal Academy of Arts, London, FACT, Foundation for Art and Technology, Liverpool and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. Recent solo exhibitions include for those yet to be, EMMA Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland (2020), Altered Breaths, Future Feelings at Tampere Art Museum, Finland and for your charred bones and restless soul, Aboa Vetus, Art Nova, Turku, Finland (2019). She is the 35th recipient of the Young Artist of the Year 2019 title and award. Forthcoming projects include Glasgow International ja XXV Mänttä Art Festival 2021.