The Flowers of Kola Peninsula

Helander Marja

The Flowers of Kola peninsula is a single channel video composed of still photos and time lapse footage. The imagery consists of overlapping images portraying the industrial landscape of the Kola peninsula and dried flowers picked from the same locations. In addition, the work includes images of plants from the old herbarium that belonged to artist’s father.

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Original Title
Kuolan kukat
English Title

The Flowers of Kola Peninsula

Production Countries
Marja Helander (Author), Marja Helander (Cinematographer), Marja Helander (Director), Marja Helander (Editor), Marja Helander (Producer), Marja Helander (Script), Tapani Rinne (Sound Design)
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Marja Helander

Born: 1965

Marja Helander (b.1965) is a Finnish photographic and video artist. She graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 1999. Her earlier work explored her own identity between the Finnish and the Sámi culture. Helander’s recent photographic work has focused on Northern landscape. The accent of the work is on the postcolonial topics in the Sámi area, focusing particularly on the global mining industry. The encounter between nature and mankind is not harmonious, but destructive. On the other hand, her video works are playful, exploring the contradiction between the traditional Sámi way of life and the modern society. Her recent short film Birds in the Earth won the Risto Jarva Prize and the main prize of the National Competition at Tampere Film Festival 2018. Marja Helander has participated in solo and group exhibitions and her works have been acquired for various public collections in Finland and abroad.