Closing talk: Seven Recipients and Field Circulation by Laura Soisalon-Soininen

at Frame Contemporary Art Finland Office
Ratakatu 1 B A9, 6th floor, 00120 Helsinki
on 1 December 2021
from 4 to 6 pm. 

Welcome to the closing event of the installations Seven Recipients and Field Circulation by artist Laura Soisalon-Soininen

Hosted by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, the event brings together two recent works by artist Laura Soisalon-Soininen. The installation Seven Recipients was commissioned in 2020 as part of Frame’s Rehearsing Hospitalities programme and has not been publicly shown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Field Circulation is an installation located at a regenerative farm Kilpiä in Tölli village. Curated by Saara Karhunen, it was commissioned for the project Trophic Verses facilitated by artist Teemu Lehmusruusu.  

In the closing event, Frame’s Head of Programme Jussi Koitela, curator Saara Karhunen, and producer Teemu Lehmusruusu will briefly introduce Laura Soisalon-Soininen’s works, followed by a conversation with the artist. The audience is invited to have drinks and snacks after the discussion.

The event is open for all but requires registration in advance. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the number of participants is limited and we will not be able to accept your registration if the spots are full.

The event is fully booked.

Hope to see you soon! 

More about the works:

Seven Recipients

Seven Recipients by Laura Soisalon-Soininen is the second work in a series of artistic commissions for Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s office space. An installation composed of seven distinct artworks which inhabit the office foyer, the work is an ode to various transitions and seasons that take place in life. Each element has been gathered, measured, arranged, re-arranged and crocheted together while walking in the lakes and shores of Helsinki city and the Uusimaa region.

Seven Recipients is commissioned in the context of Rehearsing Hospitalities, Frame’s public programme for 2019−2023. 

Artwork Seven Recipients at the frame office, consisting of sticks and strings woven together to form a roughly shaped triangular basket-like object, is hung on a white wall.

Seven Recipients by Laura Soisalon-Soininen at the Frame office, 2020. Image by Kira Bjorklund.

Field Circulation

The work Field Circulation consists of a long-lasting performative walk and its traces in ”Kulmala fields”, a branch of the regenerative farm Kilpiä in Tölli village.

“I pace around the field. At each cycle, I move a wooden branch nearly two feet long (56 cm) towards the middle of the patch of land. The shape of the field is quadrilateral with four corners and four sides, close to a kite. I circuit the field until the steps of the circumference converge the least until the steps embed the smallest of an area, or until the measure crosses the line of the adjoining angles.”
 – Laura Soisalon-Soininen 

Trophic Verses is an artistic exploration into the life and phenomena in and around Earth’s body of soil. Commenced in the summer of 2018, the project spans a period of nearly four years. Each year the project manifests in different kinds of artistic and curatorial practices, and launches new collaborations with other art, research and environmental initiatives.

About the artist:

Laura Soisalon-Soininen works mainly with walking, weaving, sewing, and crafting. Her work is time-consuming and the process of the work often consists of long-lasting walking performances, in which the artist perceives spaces through embodied measurements. Soisalon-Soininen is also interested in the spirituality that is materialised through repetitive actions. Her work has been exhibited at the Exhibition Laboratory in Helsinki, Artifex Textiles Galerija in Vilnius, Treignac Projet in Treignac, France and the Rehearsing Hospitalities Programme by Frame Contemporary Art Finland in Helsinki. 

Access info: 

Frame’s office in Helsinki at Ratakatu 1 b A 9 is not accessible.

Frame’s office is located on the sixth floor of the building. The building has an elevator with a width of 70 cm, a depth of 145 cm and a door with width of 69 cm. Therefore, the elevator is not wheelchair accessible. There is no accessible toilet in the office space. Read more about accessibility of the office space.

The event is in English.

Artist Laura Soisalon-Soininen sits on her knees in a green grassy patch. It is a bright day, and she is holding a fabric basket on her lap.

Field Circulation by Laura Soisalon-Soininen at regenerative farm Kilpiä in Tölli village, 2021. Curated by Saara Karhunen. Image by Teemu Lehmusruusu.