写真 Yö ry (c) Kaisa Illukka

Kaisa Illukka: Tragedy in the Forest

Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki
Yö Galleria

Kaisa Illukka's exhibition Tragedy in the Forest considers the connection between loss of forest nature and loss of significance at Yö Galleria.

 Kaisa Illukka's exhibition Tragedy in the Forest considers the connection between loss of forest nature and loss of significance at Yö Galleria. 

 

Forest ecosystems, which have developed over millions of years, are declining. Simultaneously the reasonable, sanctifying, and imaginative relationship to forest is also impoverishing. The human culture has grown up with a rich inter-species environment; so, what will an intensive forestry mind look like? Anthropocentric forest explanation echoes on the forest stage, like the hubris of a confident tragic hero just before the revenge of the gods. On the other hand, maybe it’s a comedy, or a contemporary performance of identity? 

 

The exhibition consists of quotes collected from the Finnish forest debate and communication, embroidered as wall cloth aphorisms, endlessly repeating one truth. The time of Man, social media commentary and forest industry is fast; the time of forest, evolution and embroidery is slow.  

 

Kaisa Illukka (b. 1978) is a performance and visual artist with theatre stage design background. Central themes in her work have been the intersection of human and natural time and space, and development of performativity and emotionality in nature relationships.  

 

Illukka’s home region has a history of traditional Finnish oral poetry. Therefore, she wonders what a poetry collector would find in today’s forest speech landscapes, and whether it could be left as an intellectual legacy for future generations. Changes in forest, mind and language affect each other. 

 

The texts of the works have been collected from the Finnish forest debate, therefore they are in Finnish. 

 

Yö Galleria 

24.9.–10.10.2021 Tue-Fri 14.00-19.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-17.00 

 

Free entry

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