Video documentation of Laura Soisalon-Soininen’s artistic commission Seven Recipients is now available on Frame’s YouTube channel and social media. Seven Recipients was commissioned in the context of Rehearsing Hospitalities public programme in 2020.
Seven Recipients (2020) is an installation composed of seven distinct artworks which inhabit the Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s office foyer. Each work offers a differing perspective: some hang from the walls reaching towards the floor, while others remain on the floor. These positions are carefully measured to mark the pitches and intervals of the artist’s journeys through the transitioning spaces of the city.
In her works Soisalon-Soininen combines plant parts and various findings from walks to knitted elements, made from yarn bought in the shop below the office. Woven together these form “recipients” for holding traces and residues left from her embodied working process.
“Carried across several seasons, my process of artistic enquiry can be likened to a hymn or a prayer, one which captures the sounds, materials, steps and resting places, of an internal and external pilgrimage. The works can be read as containers for the seven sacraments of the Eastern Orthodox Church or as carriers of life”, Soisalon-Soininen says.
Soisalon-Soininen’s work is the second in a series of artistic commissions at Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s office space in the context of Rehearsing Hospitalities. The first, Vidha Saumya’s Reading List, was published in 2019.
Rehearsing Hospitalities is Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s public programme for 2019-2023. It connects artists, curators and other practitioners in the field of contemporary art and beyond to build up and mediate new practices, understandings and engagements with diverse hospitalities.
Video filming and editing by Kira Brjöklund.
Graphic elements by Elina Holley.
Laura Soisalon-Soininen: Seven Recipients, 2020. Installation, Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s office space, Helsinki, Finland. Image: Kira Björklund
Laura Soisalon-Soininen lives and works in Helsinki and graduated with an MA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2020. Her work has been exhibited at the Exhibition Laboratory in Helsinki, Gallery Vanha Raatihuone in Turku, Artifex Textiles Galerija in Vilnius and Treignac Projet in Treignac.
Soisalon-Soininen’s works can be experienced as material traces of embodied measurements with places she has spent time. Her works connect local materiality and language through repetitive actions such as walking (in rivers), sewing, weaving, and crafting from raw materials.