The IHME Festival begins!

Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

The IHME Festival begins today on March 31 with the IHME Project premiere. Yael Bartana’s art film True Finn – Tosi suomalainen gets its premiere at 18:00 at the Bio Rex cinema. Entry to the screening is free. There are still seats available.  After the premiere the film can be viewed globally on Yle Areena online service 31.3-31.7.2014 here:

In the film True Finn – Tosi suomalainen Yael Bartana takes up a highly topical issue:  How does national identity operate as a means of inclusion and exclusion? What mechanisms exist for this in Finland? Can an immigrant become a true Finn?

For the IHME Project Bartana wanted to invite people living in Finland and with different ethnic and religious backgrounds to take part in creating a utopian moment in Finland. What happens when they live together seven days and determine themselves through the other? Who is the True Finn of the week?

Eight people with different cultural backgrounds took part in the artwork. The participants were selected to join in the work via an open call at the end of last year. The participants are: Komugi Ando; Mustafe Hagi; Stanislav Marinets; Anna Miettinen; Tiina Pirttilahti; Martin-Éric Racine; Peter Rosvik and Tuisku Torkkeli. Read more on the protagonists.