Black Lives Matter

Petri Saarikko

Black Lives Matter is a performance about police brutality faced predominately by African-American population due to deep rooted racism. The performance depicts a fictitious police officer writing uncountable times Black Lives Matter on a chalkboard wall as a form of non-violent penalty.

Production Year
2017
Duration
00:07:19
Type
Tags
Original Title
Black Lives Matter
English Title

Black Lives Matter

Production Countries
Finland,United States
Dialogue
No
Sound
Yes
Cast
Petri Saarikko (Author), Sasha Huber (Author), Petri Saarikko (Cinematographer), Petri Saarikko (Director), Sasha Huber (Director), Petri Saarikko (Editor), Sasha Dees / John 106 Inc. (Producer), Gerrit Vooren / Vooren Productions (Producer), Sasha Huber (Script), Petri Saarikko (Sound Design), Joe Shavel (Actor), VISEK (Funder), Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Funder), Snug Harbour (Funder), College of Staten Island (Funder), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Funder)
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Petri Saarikko (b. 1973) is Helsinki-based artist and designer. In his site-specific installations, Saarikko combines social commentary with his work as a designer and his background in new media. His work is highly performative in nature. Saarikko does not shy away from provocation. He often challenges ideas of national identity, artistic authorship or official political discourses by changing their context and thus showing the true, artificial nature of these phenomena. His work seeks to expose power relations, to make room for individual narratives, and takes a stand on behalf of equality. Saarikko collaborates regularly with his partner Sasha Huber Saarikko.