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Heta Kuchka

Me and my mom are very close. A sudden herniated disc made us even closer. The back pain was so terrible she couldn’t walk on her own for almost a year. Our roles started to change. I became the caretaker and she was more and more dependent on me. We started to process our fears of pain and helplessness. In the video Temporarily Out of Order she practices her physical therapy exercises on a stage wearing a tutu. She appears very cute and amusing but at the same time one can relate to her constant pain through the slow, clumsy repetition. Working together gives us both a chance to reflect different feelings having to do with us growing older as women, fear of changes in one’s identity and fear of loss and of responsibility that comes with all of the above.

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Väliaikaisesti poissa käytöstä

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Heta Kuchka (Author), Heta Kuchka (Cinematographer), Heta Kuchka (Director), Heta Kuchka (Editor), Heta Kuchka (Script), Taiteen keskustoimikunta (Gaffer), Heta Kuchka (Sound)
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.