Anyone can at any given time, on any given day, in the midst of any mundane chore, suddenly drop outside of time and be crushed. A simple swoosh. Oops oh my.
- E.L.Karhu: any one of us - a document
Hanneriina Moisseinen’s graphic novel installation DOCUMENT is making its debut in the Takkahuone Gallery at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. The graphic novel is based on E. L. Karhu’s play any one of us - a document (2011). This experimental installation is built on a decade of labour and interaction between sewn pictures and textual elements. The materials used in this work range from fabric to lace, thread, zippers, doll eyes, VHS tapes and acrylic diamonds.
DOCUMENT illustrates an individual fallen into extreme circumstances, and a journey to a land of absurdities and oddities outside of time, and back. What to do when reason and thought are not enough? How can you navigate your way across the boundaries of time and back to the reality shared with the others?
Hanneriina Moisseinen (born 1978) is a graphic novel artist with a background in fine art. Her accolades include the State Prize for Comic Art of 2016, the William Thuring prize of 2017 and the Akseli Gallen-Kallela award of 2018. She has exhibited her works in art museums and galleries in fifteen countries across the world, and published four graphic novels to date, including Kannas / the Isthmus (2016) and Isä / Father (2013). She has directed two animated films, the Drifter who Loved Books (2017) and Birthday (2014). She received her Master’s Degree in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art from Aalto University.
E. L. Karhu (born 1982) is one of the most prominent contemporary playwrights in Finland. Her play any one of us - a document was initially performed by the Finnish National Theatre and Theatre 2.0 in 2013. It has been translated into Swedish, German and English.
Karhu holds a Master’s Degree in Arts from the Theatre Academy of Helsinki’s University of Arts. She has also studied at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin. Her works have been performed at the Finnish National Theatre, the TTT Theatre and the Takomo Theatre. They have also been translated into seven different languages. Her most famous works include Bread Line Ballad (Takomo Theatre, 2008) and Princess Hamlet (Q-Theatre, 2017). Rovohlt Theater Verlag produced a German version of Princess Hamlet in 2018.
The exhibition is made in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, Arts Promotion Centre Finland / Grant for Work in Graphic Novels, Arts Promotion Centre / Uusimaa Arts Council and the Niilo Helander Foundation.