Room (by Elina Saloranta)

Elina Saloranta

The video work records the changes that took place in a bedroom after the death of a woman who lived there. The work begins with the text: “After the mother died, it took six months to sell the flat. The daughter went there once a week to have a cup of coffee.” Slowly changing images follow. The first picture shows the room untouched, only the bed linen has been removed. Little by little, the space gets emptier until only one piece of furniture is left: an enormous old-fashioned double bed. At the end, it's surrounded by the belongings of the new inhabitants. On the soundtrack we hear footsteps, the clinking of a coffee cup and the whirring of an old vacuum cleaner. When a protective plastic cover is thrown over the bed, the vacuum cleaner slowly fades out, as if breathing.

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Huone (by Elina Saloranta)
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Huone (Elina Saloranta)
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Room (by Elina Saloranta)
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Elina Saloranta (Author), Elina Saloranta (Director), Tatu Virtamo (Sound Design)
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Elina Saloranta

Born: 1968

Elina Saloranta is a Helsinki-based artist, who works mainly with the moving image. In her doctoral thesis Genre pictures and experiments in writing, she explored the interaction between image, word and sound, and in her postdoc research she engages in correspondence with the past. Saloranta is also known for her photographic work Nun, which was shown in the ARS 2011 exhibition in Kiasma. She studied film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA 2001), and her video pieces have been shown in festivals like Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival, Love & Anarchy (Helsinki International Film Festival) and Oberhausen Film Festival (2006).