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After a paus of about ten years – when I was only painting – I started to make video again. In January I finished the video portrait Aura Kanerva Merivuokko that premiered at the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark, in February 2020. Currently I'm working on a new documentary-based video installation called Sini. It's about a woman living in the north of Finland, who is a spiritual influencer and healer.

I also recently finished a charcoal animation The Spiritual Life of A Spruce. Ecology and climate issues is a subject I'm going to work more with in the following years.

Distribution:
Gun Holmström
AV-arkki (Finland) www.av-arkki.fi
GIV (Canada) www.givideo.org

 

 The Silence of Sini 

The Silence of Sini is a three-channel video installation and a portrait of a holy woman and healer living in the north of FInland. The work will premiere in February 2022 at Huuto Gallery. The project is funded by AVEK, TAIKE and Stina Krooks Stiftelse. 

The installation consists of Part 1: Sini talking about her life; Part 2: Slow Close-ups of Sini's unfinished icon paintings and Part 3: Sini and her partner burning old grass in the fields (an old Finnish tradition and something Sini has done since a child).        

 

Aura Kanerva Merivuokko

AURA KANERVA MERIVUOKKO, HD video, 2020, dur. 15.07 min

The work is funded by AVEK, Stina Krooks stiftelse and Svenska litteratursällskapet 

The video is a portrait of Aura, a blind transperson who has found a way to express her spirituality among other things through sexuality. From an early age she longed for experiencing true love and this led to very difficult encounters and complicated relationships. The fact that she experiences herself as ”a girl in a man’s body” hasn't made it easier. However, she found a solution. Now she works as a sexual healer because she wants to teach other people to love themselves. The video states that sometimes it's through what appears to be odd that you can experience a truth that applies to most.

Videomuotokuva kertoo sokeasta Aurasta, joka on löytänyt tavan ilmaista henkisyyttään muun muassa seksuaalisuuden kautta. Varhaisesta iästä lähtien hän on halunnut kokea todellista rakkautta ja tämä on johtanut vaikeisiin kohtaamisiin ja monimutkaisiin suhteisiin. Se seikka että hän kokee itsensä tytöksi miehen kehossa ei ole tehnyt hänen elämästään yksinkertaista. Mutta Aura on löytänyt oman ratkaisunsa. Nyt hän on kahden lapsen isä, joka työskentelee seksuaalisena parantajana, koska haluaa opettaa muita ihmisiä rakastamaan itseään. Joskusi erilaisuuden kautta voi kokea totuutta, joka pätee useimpiin.

Videoporträttet berättar om den blinda transpersonen Aura, som har hittat ett sätt att uttrycka sin andlighet bland annat genom sexualiteten. Från tidiga år längtade hon att få uppleva den perfekta kärleken och detta ledde till svåra möten och invecklade förhållanden. Att Aura upplever sig själv som en flicka i en mans kropp har inte gjort det enklare. Men Aura fann sin egen lösning. Nu arbetar hen som sexhealer för att hen vill lära människor att älska sig själva. Ibland kan man genom det som verkar annorlunda, uppleva en sanning som gäller de flesta.

 

The Spiritual Life of A Spruce

HD video, charcoal animation, 2020, duration 8 min.

A charcoal animation based on meditation sessions in the forest. A message from nature. This animation is a part of the discussion about ecological and climate questions. There are three version with different languages: English, Finnish and Swedish.

The winter 2019-20 was almost snowless in Finland. Very often I went to the forest preserve area nearby, sat down beneath a tre and meditated. I felt nature was speaking to me. I wrote down every sentence that came to my mind. A part of this text resulted in this animation.


Charcoal drawings are a part of the gallery installation with the animation above.

 

 

© Gun Holmström 2020