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Anne-Mari Kivimäki, Hanna Koikkalainen

The Closed-down Village

Jätkä 2 12.9.-27.9.2015

Hanna Koikkalainen and Anne-Mari Kivimäki
The Closed-down Village
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Jätkä 2 and Pikkujätkä
12 – 27 September 2015


The next stop on the road for the traveling exhibition will be at Galleria Huuto in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki.

In September the gallery’s visitors will have a chance to explore the past and present Suistamo, a village in Russian Karelia, through Anne-Mari Kivimäki’s music and Hanna Koikkalainen’s photographs. Migration and leaving one’s home is and will always be a topical issue. Perhaps we would see the current migrants in a different light if we remembered our own history.

The Closed-down Village is a musical photographic exhibition that deals with the themes of leaving through the means of photography and music. The exhibition is part of Anne-Mari Kivimäki’s artistic research project that she is doing for the Sibelius Academy under the title Suistamo – The Laboratory of Tradition. Kivimäki’s research is based on the recordings of Suistamo-based accordion player and storyteller Ilja Kotikallio. The team inspired by Kotikallio has made excursions across the border to Suistamo, rummaged through archives and met former Suistamo residents. The multidisciplinary collaboration has resulted in a meandering visual and musical exhibition that explores evacuation, wartime, leaving one’s home and the current realities of a small Russian village.

Puhti’s short film Sijaton sielu directed by Tommi Kainulainen will also be shown at the gallery space. The short film is a combination of music, dance and silent film and it tells the story of the devil showing up in a Karelian village. The film stars Puhti members Anne-Mari Kivimäki and Reetta-Kaisa Iles as well as Timo Saari.

You are all warmly welcome!

Opening on Friday 11 September 2015 at 6 pm
Exhibition will be open 12–27 September 2015

Exhibition program:

Friday 11 September at 6 pm, Opening of the photographic exhibition

Saturday 12 September, 2 pm – 3 pm, Dancing €2.50 / €5 / €10

Wednesday 16 September at 7 pm, The Closed-down Village Concert, €5–15
Thursday 17 September at 7 pm, The Closed-down Village Concert, €5–15
Friday 18 September at 7 pm, The Closed-down Village Concert, €5–15

Concert tickets: children, students, unemployed, conscripts €5, pensioners €10, normal ticket €15

BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE: inka.yliharsila (a) gmail.com
Tickets must be picked up 30 minutes before the concert.

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari
Tyynenmerenkatu 6, Helsinki

Further information:
Fantastinen Norsu / Inka Ylihärsilä
+358 44 353 1196, inka.yliharsila (a) gmail.com

Hanna Koikkalainen
Anne-Mari Kivimäki

Other exhibitions in 2015:
3–22 November, Galleria Varikko, Seinäjoki

Short film Sijaton sielu presented in Pikkujätkä as a part of the exhibition.

Sijaton sielu is a short film that combines music, dance and silent film.
It tells the story of the devil’s appearance in a Karelian village. The
movie was filmed in Karelia, Russia, in 2014. Sijaton sielu is a part of
the Anne-Mari Kivimäki’s artistic doctoral work she is doing at Sibelius
Academy Folk Music Department. Performers Anne-Mari Kivimäki and
Reetta-Kaisa Iles are members of the Puhti band. Timo Saari also appears in
the film. Directed and script by Tommi Kainulainen. Film score by Anne-Mari
Kivimäki. Sijaton sielu premiere was in January 2015.

We wish to thank:
Arts Promotion Centre Finland / Arts Council of Uusimaa
Panphonics Oy
Pyynikki Craft Brewery
Kotileipomo Riikonen Oy
Finnish Cultural Foundation
Kone Foundation
Karjalan Säätiö
Folk Extreme
Sibelius Academy’s Department of Folk Music at the University of the Arts
Finnish Music Foundation (MES)