Heli Rekula

And I shoot you with a golden bullet - and the someone, the marksman, killer, me or someone else stood in the middle of a day with no ending. And then shot. And I felt as if I had been shot in the forehead. And shot from inside. I'm trying to describe something I don't know how to describe. At least not in facts. It's a really ordinary day. But since morning there has been a feeling that reality is somehow my opponent. Reality is the absence of something. Reality is someone else who has taken my face, but without the bullet–hole in the forehead. I go into the yard. I look at the clouds. They join together and separate without effort, without pain. I can go inside, take a glass and drink a glass of water, or I can pick an ant from the ground and squeeze it between my fingers. What if God hates himself. Did I already say that I'm trying to describe something I don't know how to describe, at least not in facts. The bullet–hole is like any other opening in the body, only its task is unknown, unless its task is longing, but longing for what.

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Heli Rekula (Author), Heli Rekula (Director), Marko Pohjosmäki (Editor), Anu Kuivalainen (Camera), Kauko Lindfors (Sound)
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Heli Rekula

Born: 1963

Heli Rekula is an acknowledged Finnish artist working with photography, moving image and installation. Rekula is known for both her staged and landscape photographs. She deals with matters like cultural ideals of beauty and the questions of normative identity construction. In 2001 Rekula participated in the Plateau of Humankind exhibition at the Venice Biennale and her retrospective exhibition (1989–2004) was seen at Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in 2005. Rekula was awarded with the Finnish State Prize for Photography in 2005 and with Ars Fennica Award in 2002. In 2012, she was a candidate for the Nordic Carnegie Art Award.