The Inland Sea

Viitahuhta Marja

Two stories of parenting and the fear of the drowning of one’s child based on real experiences. The juxtaposition of the stories reveals the many similarities in them, but at the same time the difference between the situations where these events happened. The first story describes how the daughter of a Finnish narrator was nearly drowned on a holiday trip to the beach. The second is based on the recollections of a Kurdish refugee of what it was like to cross the Mediterranean Sea on a smuggler boat with a small child, as the family fled Isis’s attacks and war in Iraq. The work describes the state one may experience after traumatic experiences, as well as survival, and the importance of both speaking and listening.

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The Inland Sea

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Marja Viitahuhta (Author), Sini Liimatainen (Cinematographer), Marja Viitahuhta (Cinematographer), Marja Viitahuhta (Director), Ville Vainio (Editor), Marja Viitahuhta (Script), Tuukka Haapakorpi (Sound Design), Noora Dadu (Actor), Zrian Hussein (Actor), Alfred Kordelinin säätiö (Funder), Taiteen edistämiskeskus (Funder), Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (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.