Dividual Individual

Marjo Levlin

Dividual Individual discusses racial biology and the research and educational work that the Florin Committee – currently Folkhälsan i Finland – carried out in the Swedish speaking regions in Finland. In 1914, the entire population of Malax was examined, and athropological skull measurements were taken of all people aged 25-40. These measurements sought to identify which fraction of the population belonged to the long-skulled Germanic or Nordic race and which to the short-skulled races such as the Finnish and East Baltic peoples. It is probable that the artist’s great grandparents were subjected to the measurements. The 5-channel installation’s video footage mainly consists of both Finnish and Swedish portrait archives. Butterflies accentuate the installation: The first professor of genetics in Finland and the secretary of the Florin Committee, Harry Federley, was a world-renowned zoologist and lepidopterist - but also an avid supporter of eugenics. 

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Marjo Levlin (Author), Marjo Levlin (Cinematographer), Marjo Levlin (Director), Marjo Levlin (Editor), Marjo Levlin (Producer), Marjo Levlin (Script), Johanna Storm (Sound Design), Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland (Funder), Svenska Kulturfonden (Funder), Kone Foundation (Funder), Bröderna Gröndahls stiftelse (Funder), TAIKE (Funder), VISEK (Funder)
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Marjo Levlin was born in Graz, Austria and she lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Levlin earned an MFA degree in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. Her artistic work often involves collected or found objects and a variety of media in addition to video. Levlin’s works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions as well as festivals since the mid-1990s.