Art film by Valentina Gelain
26 January 2024, from 16:00 to 18:00
At the end of the month, Valentina Gelain's new video artwork will be presented at the Ostrobothnian Museum, in Vaasa. You are warmly invited to attend the event that inaugurates the artist's most recent multidisciplinary project, in which the art film is the main production.
The art film ‘The Peaks’, through the landscapes of Ostrobothnia and their peculiar conformations, plunges us among surreal and dreamlike scenarios, where one can be absorbed and transported into the non-visible that constitutes us.
Locations such as Lostenen/Ilveskivi and the Pirunpesä/The Devil's Nest are interpreted in an evocative narrative intended to manifest the inner mazes, the vastness to which we radically belong, and vice versa. A reality often ignored… embraced latencies that make us remain unknown not only to the ‘other’, but also to ourselves.
The project 'The Peaks' investigates psychic instances, the connection between them, and what can be achieved if we start paying more attention and do not suppress the unconscious, but rather, actively connect and try to overcome the passive and illusory state we perpetrate with our 'conscious' mind.
16:00 – welcome and greetings in the Ostrobothnian Museum’s main hall
16:15 – start of the screening in loop of the art film in the new auditorium (the length of the video is about 9 minutes)
17:25 – artist talk / Q&A session in the new auditorium
During the event, the main hall will serve as a meeting point, where people can enjoy drinks, snacks and chat with the artist, collaborators and other participants.
The event is in collaboration with Vaasa City Museum & Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/ Filmcentrum Botnia rf.
The artfilm/project is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland-Taike, Svenska Kulturfonden & Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet.
The event is supported by Eugène, Elisabeth och Birgit Nygréns Stiftelse.