A journey of discovery into the human interior
The exhibition Solar Plexus tells us about what has been and the sorrow that follows. It tells about transformation and about the strength and power that exists in a human being. It tells a small part of the creators own story, that is common to many others' history in both Finland and Sweden, and which today is as relevant as before. The stories are different, but the traces remain in different ways with all of us.
Memories can be inherited
Research shows that unprocessed trauma can be passed on for generations. Ursula Sepponen believe that it is therefore important to understand one's history and to remember both one's own experiences and those of others, in order for a development to take place and for history not to be repeated.
Ursula Sepponen is interested in memory and in what way memories are collected and expressed in a body. This is also why performance art, where her body is the work tool, became one of her main ways of expressing herself in her artistic creation. In this exhibition, video art is in focus and the body has an essential role in it.
The celestial bodies - a part of the human body
The exhibition is a collaboration with the flutist Kinga Prada and consists of video works for the piece Solar Plexus, which is a suite of solo flute character pieces with the planets and the sun as movement ideas. The music is created by composer Stellan Sagvik and played by Prada.
Based on Sagvik's work Solar Plexus, Ursula Sepponen has created a visual whole where she focuses on the characters of the sun and the various planets.
" – I see the celestial bodies as a part of the human body where each planet represents an organ and a physiological process. I strive to bring the physical with the spiritual in my art and to give that reality a color and form that communicates with the audience." says Ursula Sepponen.
About Ursula Sepponen
Ursula Sepponen is a Finnish-Swedish visual artist who works mainly with moving images but also with painting. The basis of her art is various existential questions. Sepponen strives to create art in a sustainable way and says herself that it is important to her that her art is genuine and that it does not become a commercial product. In recent years, she has collaborated with other artists who are interested in environmental issues and nature has played an obvious role in her art. Sepponen was born in Helsinki and grew up on Åland and Turku. Her art has been shown in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Germany and France. She has participated in and organized several performance art festivals on Åland, in Finland, the Nordic countries and the Baltics, she has also organized art workshops for children and young people in Finland and the rest of the Nordic countries. Sepponen has studied art in Finland, Denmark and Romania and has a visual arts degree from Novia University of Applied Sciences in 2014. In 2020, she was awarded the Swedish Cultural Foundation's work scholarship.
About Kinga Prada
Kinga Práda is Hungarian from Transylvania, Romania, is a flutist, active as a chamber and orchestra musician, and also as a flute soloist in various constellations. Prada is educated at the Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, in Budapest and in Sweden. She has participated in about 20 CDs and DVDs, her own portrait records and as a musician. Since 1995, she has been internationally active as a flute soloist with Sweden as her base. Kinga Prada has also taught flute at Åland's Music Institute.
- "I like working with newly written music; I see it as an important part of my business, which broadens my possibilities for expression and also opens new doors and windows, through" cross-over "projects, where music and other art forms from different times and styles meet and enrich, develop each other, ” says Kinga Prada.
What? Digital exhibition Solar Plexus
When? 18.3 - 18.5 2021
Artists? Ursula Sepponen & Kinga Prada
Composer is Stellan Sagvik.