Jaana Partanen’s environmental artwork Naisvuori Parliament is on display M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art in Mikkeli. The biennale presents Eastern Finnish artists and their diverse professional skills. The exhibition is on display at the Mikkeli Art Museum from 12 June to 10 October 2021.
The Naisvuori Parliament has been inspired by current scientific research and the history of its location. The final form of the work is also the sum of coincidences.
Partanen tells about the art work:
“This work was originally supposed to be in the Lokki Cave and a media art work. In the cave from which Mannerheim sat in his wooden barracks and directed warfare during World War II. In connection with the maintenance of the cave, 800 kg of stone fell from the roof and the cave was completely banned. After all, a momentary panic arose when the media work was already largely planned. However, the work developed in such a way that the Naisvuori plateau, just above the Lokki cave, was chosen as the site of the work. And as a material, nothing but stone. The words on the stones are engraved and gilded. Selected huge words that hold our world together. As well as confusing words whose meaning is difficult to understand, even if they guide our world and our perceptions of the universe in one way or another. ”
Naisvuori Parliament is part of the trilogy Space Alchemy. The artist has received funding for the work from the Arts Council of North Savo operating under the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.