Visual Overture on the media wall at the Helsinki Music Centre
Iiu Susiraja: Hampurilainen/Hamburger (2015; duration 4:08 min)
The photographs and videos of Iiu Susiraja bring feminist art into the 2000s by means of cheeky humour and themes inspired by everyday life and relationships. In her video Hampurilainen/Hamburger (2015), Susiraja sends greetings to her ex by pressing the text “you” onto the beef patty before taking a big bite out of it. She then attaches a farewell letter saying it’s better this way.
Iiu Susiraja (b. 1975) creates photography and videos in which she often appears herself. They are not so much portraits, however, as they are performances. The artist appears before the camera in exaggeratedly ordinary settings with household items, clothing, cleaning equipment and food supplies that she uses in “incorrect” or unexpected ways. Susiraja uses food as a material for her art, just as others might use paint or clay. Susiraja comments on both food culture and feminine expectations.
Screenings: 1/7/15/20/21/29 March, 6:30pm-6:40pm