• Henna-Riikka Halonen
  • The Bath House, 2009
  • The Bath House, 2009
  • Moderate Manipulations, 2012
  • Strange Place For Snow, 2010
  • Potential Scenarios, 2010

Henna-Riikka Halonen

Relating that which was, Towards what will be

Jätkä 2 16.2.-3.3.2013

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Jätkä 2

Henna-Riikka Halonen’s video installation will be shown in Galleria Huuto from the 16th of February until the 3rd of March.

The exhibition shows, for the first time in Finland, an artist film project, which Halonen calls a future trilogy. The films in the trilogy are characterized by a 
layering of past futuristic fictions and feature an idea of time travel. They are constructed and sourced through 
specific historical fictions and architectural sites and linked to contemporary political and social events. Architectural sites, the modernist swimming pool, the delirict supermarket and the late-60’s Ufo like house, become stages where fictional future scenarios from theatre, literature and design are repeated and re-imagined. Through using slightly different positioning and narrative structure in each film, Halonen has attempted to create spaces where new questions and dialogue can emerge. Her own position as an artist and emerging tensions produced by the processes of these collaborations are addressed throughout all films.
Henna-Riikka Halonen often collaborates with people to engage with their working or leisure experiences, highlighting everyday practices, and peripheral positions, as potential sites for resistance to wider social structures. The works are often responses to a specific context or a site and adopt processes from leisure, sport or labor using the build environment as a stage and a site of shared history. She uses a wide range of historical and cultural references, including the history of theatre – to explore the tensions between performers, their roles and their collaboration with artist and aims to highlight our need to structure experiences as narrative in order to gain understanding of them. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of an artist in society, within communities and as part of the economy. Hence, another aim of the exhibition is to introduce the speculative nature of the future and function as a catalyst for a conversation about the Huuto gallery’s space in Jätkäsaari, its surrounding and future plans.

Henna-Riikka Halonen graduated with MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London, in 2006 and she is currently undertaking doctoral studies at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Her works have been shown in several solo and group exhibitions and festivals all over the world.

On Wednesday the 27th of February, 18-20, an artist talk and conversation on artists role in City changes will take place in Huuto GalleryJätkäsaari, Welcome!

For more information:
Henna-Riikka Halonen
+358 (0)40 567 3931