Yael Bartana’s “TRUE FINN – Tosi suomalainen” at YLE Areena


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This year’s commissioned art work for IHME Contemporary Art Festival in Helsinki is conceived by Israeli artist Yael Bartana.  She takes up a highly topical issue in her new film:  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?

Protagonists of the film

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.

The film’s premiere is today on March 31 at the Bio Rex cinema. Entry to the screening is free. IHME Project will be available at YLE Areena 31.3-31.7.2014. http://areena.yle.fi/tv/2224925

Artist Yael Bartana is available for interviews during the week 14.

IHME Contemporary Art Festival produces every year a commissioned work of art in a public space. The festival programme is based on the annual IHME Project content. This year´s art work will be on show at web-based media YLE Areena. IHME Days will take place at the Old Student House, Helsinki on April 4–6 2014.

Further information and requests to interview Yael Bartana:
Executive Director Paula Toppila, paula.toppila@ihmefestival.fi, +358 45 124 0096 and Head of Internet Media at Yle Mary Gestrin, +358 400 703 861


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