Saarikko Petri

It's been said that children speak the truth. Where this blind faith of truth they provide us with originates from? From the metaphysical ether of ideas? From the Sirens in the seas of the unconscious, or from the Dreamtime? From our own foolish unconditional love? Indigenous cultures preserved the essence of their traditions into orally transmitted songs. We adults save it all in the cloud and ask for Siri. Aboriginals used song lines to navigate their arduous passages through endless desserts. African tribes used culling songs to defend themselves. They all sang their songs. We search the web. Today we still tell stories. Sing karaokes, slam poetry and speak in metaphors. Fairytales involved wise narrators who often took animal form and performed dramatic acts. These stories live still even among adults. Lullabies delves into the dreams of today to generate a master lullaby that puts the whole wide World into sleep. 

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Petri Saarikko (Author), Fredric Andersson (Cinematographer), Petri Saarikko (Cinematographer), Johan Grusell (Composer), Petri Saarikko (Director), Jamal Sameh (Editor), Anneli Berglund / Kalmar Konstmuseum (Producer), Simon Nilsson (Script), Shahad Ibrahem (Script), Malva Dovander (Script), Elsa Appelberg (Script), Signe Wåhlstrand (Script), Alaa Alamed (Script), Safaa Ibrahem (Script), Amir Hosini (Script), Lovisa Rietz (Script), Leo Hammarstedt (Script), Mohadeshen Nore (Script), Vera Westberg (Script), Klara Ryberg (Script), Vilton Arenhill (Script), Woad Ibrahem (Script), Maroa Ibrahem (Script), Mehri Hosini (Script), Alma Martinsson (Script), Tuva Almgren (Script), Maja Arthursson (Script), Ahmad Safi (Script), Alaa Alamed (Actor), Alma Martinsson (Actor), Klara Ryberg (Actor), Elsa Appelberg (Actor), Vilton Arenhill (Actor), Mohadeshen Nore (Actor), Safaa Ibrahem (Actor), Shahad Ibrahem (Actor), Ahmad Safi (Actor), Maja Arthursson (Actor), Vera Westberg (Actor), Amir Hosini (Actor), Maroa Ibrahem (Actor), Signe Wåhlstrand (Actor), Simon Nilsson (Actor), Tuva Almgren (Actor), Leo Hammarstedt (Actor), Lovisa Rietz (Actor), Mehri Hosini (Actor), Malva Dovander (Actor), Woad Ibrahem (Actor), Ölands Folkhögskola (Funder), Kalmar Konstmuseum (Funder), Mörbylånga kommun (Funder), Reaktor (Funder), Taiteen edistämiskeskus (Funder), Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (Funder)
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Petri Saarikko

Born: 1973

Petri Saarikko (b. 1973) is Helsinki-based artist and designer. In his site-specific installations, Saarikko combines social commentary with his work as a designer and his background in new media. His work is highly performative in nature. Saarikko does not shy away from provocation. He often challenges ideas of national identity, artistic authorship or official political discourses by changing their context and thus showing the true, artificial nature of these phenomena. His work seeks to expose power relations, to make room for individual narratives, and takes a stand on behalf of equality. Saarikko collaborates regularly with his partner Sasha Huber Saarikko.