The screening, curated by the Young Artist of the Year 2018, J. A. Juvani, preent the politics of body, sex, sexuality, and gender. According to Queer Bodies (2011) by Heather Sykes, “queer bodies” include all that are excluded from the norm, such as the overweight body. In the screening, Aurora Reinhard’s interview documentary Boygirl (2002) is followed by recent works of a new generation of artists: Hinni Huttunen, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Camille Auer, and Kristoffer Ala-Ketola. The screening is associated with the forthcoming educational material on queer thematics produced by AV-arkki and Seta and curated by J. A. Juvani.
In his work, Kristoffer Ala-Ketola combines clichés typical of Finnish culture and looks for their equivalents in gay culture. Loneliness, anxiety, sauna, karaoke, and other elements form a whole that reflects upon the artist’s identity in relation to how it has been shaped by the culture and how this adapting has contributed to anxiety. The video has been shot in the early spring of 2017 at Lake Pielinen, Koli, one of Finland’s national landscapes.
The video seeks to answer the questions such as: how to fit in one’s own body, how to fit in trendy clothes, how to fit in the idea of a perfect body, how many selfies are enough.
Listener focuses on the deepening of the male voice on an airline’s pre-flight safety video—how its decibel produces feelings of calm and security, and how the artist might imitate it to similarly exert subtle control over others through the modulation of masculine-coded attributes.
The work is based on interviews of three young person who tell what do they think about their appearances, gender, and their place in the society.
Fatness is one of the most stigmatizing bodily characteristics. The video explores the norms that define the stereotypical ideas on beauty.
Inkerö documents their real-life commitment to and subsequent transformation from an intensive gym and diet regimen, as well as the attendant communities that form around and support such activities, mainly through texting and sharing videos and photos on various digital platforms.
An intimate video work that explores the body of the transgender artist, its formation and becoming to a material entity. The video contains nudity and closeups of genitals.
A pastiche on Edgar Degas’s painting La Toilette (1884–1886). A young woman brushes her hair and stares back at the painter.