Land of Dreams

Heidi Kilpeläinen

The title “Land of Dreams” is a translation of a beloved Finnish tango ‘Satumaa’, which Heidi Kilpeläinen sang during her Tango Therapy performance tour at Refugee Centres and war invalids and widows homes in Finland. On this tour, Kilpeläinen also invited the participants to sing back to her, in their own languages. Songs and encounters with people from Irak, Yemen, Syria, Afganistan, Somalia and Eritrea – to mention a few – combine with accounts of Finnish war invalids and widows in Kainuu, Finland, the last generation to remember the wars with Russia. These performances and deeply emotional meetings were filmed and edited into a three channel video installation. 

Production Year
2019
Duration
01:24:05
Type
Genre
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Original Title
Land of Dreams
Finnish Title

Land of Dreams

English Title

Land of Dreams

Production Countries
United Kingdom
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Heidi Kilpeläinen (Author), Heidi Kilpeläinen (Cinematographer), Heidi Kilpeläinen (Director), Heidi Kilpeläinen (Editor), Heidi Kilpeläinen (Producer), Heidi Kilpeläinen (Script), Heidi Kilpeläinen (Sound Design), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), Kone Foundation (Funder), Finnish Institute in London (Funder), TAIKE (Funder), Beaconsfield Gallery (Funder), Jack Kibbey Newman (Online Editing), Trevor Mathison (Sound Mixer), Heidi Kilpeläinen (Sound Mixer)
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Heidi Kilpeläinen (HK119) lives and works in London, UK. She graduated from Central St Martins 2004 (M.A.) and has since explored crossovers between visual art and music merging their boundaries in 'total works of art' and creating combinations of video, installation art and performance. Her work is equally inspired by the contemporary world and its technological fascinations, as well as the ancient, mythological forms that run through collective memory. She produces works of aesthetic interest with a critical eye on our social environment, reflecting on our human condition within it. Kilpeläinen has widely exhibited and performed in galleries and prestigious institutions, with a rich record of participations in shows and festivals, such as Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art (2019, 2005) Kajaani Art Museum, Finland (2019) Tate Modern / Tate Exchange, (2018) Camden Arts Centre, London (2016) Beaconsfield Gallery, London (2016/2015) Performa 07, New York (2007), and New Contemporaries, London / Liverpool (2004). She has also released 3 albums under the title HK119 and has performed internationally in music venues, galleries and museums such as Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, ICA, Casa da Musica and Kiasma.