The Prison Mother's Lullaby

Levlin Marjo

The musical composition, The Prison Mother's Lullaby by Kaija Maarika  Penttala from 2010 was the starting point of the piece. Penttala had composed it after reading an article about Finnish female prisoners who serve their sentence in primitive circumstances imprisoned with their child. By Penttala's request Marjo Levlin made the video work to the theme and music. After researching and getting involved in the subject, an experimental, poetic weave came into being, a symbolistic piece springing out of the theme.

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Original Title
Fängelsemammans Vaggvisa
Finnish Title

Vankilaäidin tuutulaulu

English Title

The Prison Mother's Lullaby

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Marjo Levlin (Author), Marjo Levlin (Cinematographer), Marjo Levlin (Director), Marjo Levlin (Editor), Anton Kukkonen (Music), Kaija Maarika Penttala (Music), Marjo Levlin (Script), Svenska Kulturfonden (Funder), Kaija Maarika Penttala (Sound Design)
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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.