The Inland Sea

Marja Viitahuhta

Two personal stories related to parenthood and fear of loss of ones child at the sea, both based on real events. The first one describes an incident where the daughter of a Finnish woman nearly drowned on a holiday trip to a beach, the latter is based on the memories of a kurdish refugee who escaped war and ISIS attacks in her home country Iraq and ended up in a smuggler boat with her husband and young child. Available both as a two-channel installation where stories are side by side and as a short film where the two stories follow each other. 

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The Inland Sea

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Marja Viitahuhta (Author), Sini Liimatainen (Cinematographer), Marja Viitahuhta (Cinematographer), Marja Viitahuhta (Director), Tuukka Haapakorpi (Sound Design), Zrian Hussein (Actor), Noora Dadu (Actor), Alfred Kordelin Foundation (Funder), Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Funder), Suomen Kulttuurirahasto / Finnish Cultural Foundation (Funder)
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Marja Viitahuhta (formerly Mikkonen) is a Helsinki-based media artist and filmmaker. Her works range from films, performances and installations to photography and collage. She holds a BA degree in performance art from the Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy and an MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. She has been awarded internationally at Cannes (Cinéfondation), Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Mediawave and L’Alternativa film festivals. Viitahuhta's recurring themes focus on perception and experience of female protagonists. Her works deconstruct individual identities, memories, or the idealised imagery of nations and landscapes. Her work often speaks in an intimate and personal tone and deals with existence and mortality. The text and image are set in a dialogue in Viitahuhta’s experimental language. Viitahuhta often bases her work on documentary filmmaking, archive material and found images as well as interviews.