12 Yellow Stars
In an absurd adaptation of The Raspberry Ice Cream War, a promotional comic book about borderless Europe (1996), the story’s protagonists, a girl and a boy find themselves lost and stranded in a desert in the middle of the unfamiliar world. Uncertain with what direction to take, the left or the right, they finally come to face a fenced off strange Kingdom. Meanwhile, a man and a woman hit a wall and find it hard to cross the border. Struggling with the idea of separation, they are burdened by both the weight and the lightness of words. Based loosely on an artist’s personal recollection this film tells the story of a European artist couple working in Jerusalem trying to deal with Israel-Palestine conflict and their own degrading relationship. As a result, the film describes a break down of communication and the building of personal boundaries, which themselves aim to reflect larger political conflicts. It is approaching on a personal and intimate level big global stories of relationships, fear, beliefs and national boundaries.
Henna-Riikka Halonen is a multidisciplinary artist who graduated from The MFA-Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London in 2006. She is currently a PHD student at the Finnish Academy of Arts in Helsinki. Her works that usually take a form of moving image, mixing a wide range of historical and cultural references and sources – in order to test the tensions between people, environment, living and non living beings. She creates alternative worlds and systems, in which different ways of living and being are both rehearsed, performed and re-performed.
She has worked on and produced many collaborative large scale projects and commissions in UK, Israel, Ireland,France, Sweden and Finland and has shown her work widely in international exhibitions and festivals such as IFFR, Rotterdam, Hayward Gallery London, 2017, Biennale of Sydney 2014, Lilith Performance Studio. Malmo, Centre Pompidou, Paris etc.
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