Dividual Individual

Levlin Marjo

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), Taiteen edistämiskeskus (Funder), Koneen säätiö (Funder), Svenska Kulturfonden (Funder), Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland (Funder), Bröderna Gröndahls stiftelse (Funder), VISEK (Funder)
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Marjo Levlin is an visual artist living and working in Helsinki. In her works, she contemplates both personal and universal themes, combining history and current phenomena. Originally a painter, Levlin now works mainly in installations and short films and often uses found and collected objects as the base for her art. In her latest works, archives, science and history has played an increasingly significant role. Levlin’s works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions as well as festivals since the mid-1990s in Finland and abroad. Marjo Levlin (b. 1966 Graz, Austria) studied in Finland at Vapaa Taidekoulu(1990-91), at Taidekoulu Maa(1992-96) and at the Academy of Fine Arts (2008-10) with a MA at the department of time and space/moving image.