• Encounter
  • Encounter
  • Encounter

Ewa Górzna, Katarzyna Miron


Pikkujätkä 7.5.-22.5.2016

7.5. – 22.5.2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Encounter is a video installation reflecting on the human desire to approach, understand and experience an animal in the wilderness.

Wild animal life provokes curiosity and desire to observe, study and comprehend it, however there is always an “abyss of non-comprehension”, which separates us from animals. We would like to understand the nightingale’s song and interpret the gaze of a bison but they will always remain mysterious.

We are usually in a superior position pointing our technically advanced optical instruments towards animals and objectifying them through our ever-extending knowledge. Animals are observed by us, but the fact that they can observe us as well is rarely taken into consideration.

The video depicts a situation where the typical direction of the look is turned to the opposite side allowing the animal to observe the human. The animal watching the human with its impenetrable, scrutinizing gaze becomes the principal character of the work. The human is simply a passerby wandering in the mysterious, unpredictable wilderness.

Ewa Górzna (b. 1982) and Katarzyna Miron (b. 1981) both have a Master of Fine Arts degree from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. They work mainly in the field of moving image. Their videos and video installations have been shown at various solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad and screened on numerous international film and video festivals. Both artists currently live and work in Helsinki. They have previously collaborated on several art projects.

The exhibition has been kindly supported by:
AVEK, Helsinki City Cultural Office, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Ewa Górzna

Katarzyna Miron