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Pinja Valja: <3 / X = ∞ (read: “Love divided by X is infinite”)

JaettuRakkausMUU Gallery


Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, 6 April 2017, 5–7pm.

Pinja Valja’s exhibition in MUU Gallery explores love through two cinematic works.

The quest for a cure to our sense of inner emptiness is as old as humanity. The myth of romantic love is founded on the notion that there exists somewhere a person who can fill that void, to make us whole again. This notion has spawned the cultural narrative of “the right one” – that romantic love has the power to fill the inner emptiness.

Media artist Pinja Valja’s exhibition

The other piece, Your Picture Will Always Stay with Me, examines love through the story of separation. The main characters, Lilja and Laura, separated recently. After the separation, Lilja wants to have a conversation with Laura to understand the situation better. Interspersed with the discussion we see fragmentary glimpses of the women’s life during their relationship and after the separation. The conversation makes Lilja contemplate the nature of love and reality in the light of the separation and search for consolation.

The production of the films has been supported by the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK), Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Centre for the Promotion of Visual Art (VISEK), Zodiak – Center For New Dance, and the Department of Production Design at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.