Ask the Foremothers

Marja Viitahuhta

The music video for Ánnámáret's song “Jearrat máttaráhkus - Ask the foremothers” juxtaposes images of the Sámi past with the landscape of today. Overlaid images allow temporal layers to overlap. The pictures also show similarities between the northern landscape and the details of the Sámi costume: the nocturnal light shimmers on the frosty snow like glimmer on risku jewelry, the coat's crimson folds and the shawl's colors glitter like northern lights or autumn colors. The video captures ice, snow and flowing water, calling out for the memory of the landscape.

Production Year
2019
Duration
00:04:01
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Jearrat máttaráhkus
Finnish Title

Kysy esiäideiltä

English Title

Ask the Foremothers

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Marja Viitahuhta (Author), Marja Viitahuhta (Cinematographer), Ilkka Heinonen (Composer), Turkka Inkilä (Composer), Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman (Composer), Marja Viitahuhta (Director), Marja Viitahuhta (Editor), Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman (Producer), Marja Viitahuhta (Script), Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman (Sound Design), Anna Näkkäläjärvi-Länsman (Actor), SKR (Funder), TAIKE (Funder)
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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.