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Artists' Association MUU » ELLI VUORINEN – STILL LIVES
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MUU Studio
Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki, Finland
Open: Tue–Fri 12–17, Sat–Sun 12–16

kuva: Elli Vuorinen


In the three-channel video installation Still Lives (Kiirehessä Liikkumatoin), the concept of busy stillness is explored from various standpoints as museum artefacts from all around the world reflect on the mundane challenges of modern life. Nowadays people are constantly busy and on the move. At the same time we have never been so still. Sitting in a car or on a plane and if we are doing any physical exercises it’s often in a gym in one place.

Opening of the exhibition on Friday 2 August 2019, from 5pm–7pm. Welcome!

Traditional figurines from folk art from various times and places form an unified visual language that is identifiable to us all regardless of our cultural background. Accompanied by a soundtrack of narrators facing the pressures of everyday life, in six separate chapters: a couple on an antique bridal box breaks up turning into tinder, an ancient statue in a glass showcase grows tired of hearing about the dynamic potential of shared workspaces, and the runner on a clay jar is stuck in a never-ending workout session.

Elli Vuorinen is an animation artist who lives and works in rural Finland. Her works often balance between surreal, delightful and disgusting. Although her approach is often humoristic the films deal with significant themes of melancholy, solitude and hope. Vuorinen’s style is versatile – blending of minimal and handcrafted, she creates works that are both playful and bold. Different animation techniques inspire her. Vuorinen’s farm studio allows her to work with everything between large scale stop motion, installations and 2D computer animation. She graduated as an Animation Director from Turku Arts Academy. Her five previous films have been shown at various festivals and won numerous awards. www.ellivuorinen.com

This exhibition is generously supported by Suomen Kulttuurirahasto. There is also a short film version available, which is supported by SES, AVEK and TAIKE, in cooperation with the National Museum of Finland.