Ancient dreams

Marja Viitahuhta

The memories and documented imagery of reindeer herding and nomadic ways of life mix with the contemporary herding of reindeers in Dolos Niegut - Ancient dreams, an experimental music video to a track by Ánnámáret, Ilkka Heinonen and Turkka Inkilä from the album Nieguid duovdagat. How we perceive our everyday life affects our views as well as our imagination, our hopes and dreams. The lives connected to other beings, in this case the reindeer and how the Sámi people have lived in relation to it as well as our dependency with our environment, is present in this work. In this yoik, Ánnámáret also reaches to imagine how our predecessors perceived this world and what may remain of them in the currents of the time that we live in and in the ways we function in it. The video is part of a continuum of video works made in collaboration with Viitahuhta, Ánnámáret, Heinonen and Inkilä.

Production Year
2022
Duration
00:03:10
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Dolos niegut
English Title

Ancient dreams

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Marja Viitahuhta (Author), Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman (Cinematographer), Marja Viitahuhta (Cinematographer), Marja Länsman (Cinematographer), Ilkka Heinonen (Composer), Turkka Inkilä (Composer), Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman (Composer), Marja Viitahuhta (Director), Marja Viitahuhta (Editor), Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman (Producer), Marja Viitahuhta (Script), Alfred Kordelin Foundation (Funder), TAIKE (Funder), Ilkka Heinonen (Sound Design), Turkka Inkilä (Sound Design), Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman (Sound Design)
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Marja Viitahuhta (formerly Mikkonen) is a Helsinki-based media artist and filmmaker. Her works range from films, performances and installations to photography and collage. She holds a BA degree in performance art from the Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy and an MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. She has been awarded internationally at Cannes (Cinéfondation), Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Mediawave and L’Alternativa film festivals. Viitahuhta's recurring themes focus on perception and experience of female protagonists. Her works deconstruct individual identities, memories, or the idealised imagery of nations and landscapes. Her work often speaks in an intimate and personal tone and deals with existence and mortality. The text and image are set in a dialogue in Viitahuhta’s experimental language. Viitahuhta often bases her work on documentary filmmaking, archive material and found images as well as interviews.