Portrait of a Young Man

Kuchka Heta

Finland is a country with few people inhabiting quite a large area of forests and lakes, so everyone is used to having a lot of space around them. Being different is not easy; it is not acceptable to stand out. Finnish men do not sweet-talk, or say much at all for that matter. At least this is the stereotype. Is the younger generation any different? One hundred young men sit in the sauna squeezed in next to each other, forming a surface of bare skin. The camera is rolling. The viewer will see the individual as the men start reacting to the heat and leave one by one.

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Original Title
Portrait of a Young Man
Finnish Title

Nuoren miehen muotokuva

English Title

Portrait of a Young Man

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Heta Kuchka (Author), Rene Korpela (Cinematographer), Heta Kuchka (Director), Talvi Digital (Editor), Taiteen keskustoimikunta (Funder), Heta Kuchka (Script)
Heta Kuchka is Finnish-American artist currently based in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2001 (MFA). She is a versatile artist who works with video, photography and drawing. Her approach is often humoristic yet dealing with humanly significant matters, such as dying and getting older, or the young and their thoughts. Her recent works are increasingly collective. Kuchka was selected as the Young Artist of the Year in 2006. She has participated in exhibitions in Finland and abroad and in 2014 represented Finland at FocusFinland pavilion at ARCOmadrid art fair.