• Helinä HUKKATAIVAL, Finland

Helinä HUKKATAIVAL, Finland


Lives and works in Tampere. 

Helinä Hukkataival is one of the pioneers in Finnish action art and started to practice as a visual artist in 1969, while working as an art teacher of comprehensive and upper secondary school until 2001. She focus mainly on performance art since 1987, but works also with video (since 2002) and photography (since 2011).

Artist statement :

Live performances - being always pre-considered - are visual acts, 3-dimensional images in time with movement and in most cases natural sound. They can also be interactive, usually durational happenings together with voluntary participants or live performance installations.

The starting point can be in simple everyday actions or objects, sometimes in childhood memories, sometimes is the space. During the performance ordinary things and actions turn, change and question their usual significance hopefully revealing new meanings to the spectator and also to the artist.

Personal is political: the works deal mainly with trying to find the universal level within personal experiences by making visible small incidents, subtle shades and relations, which influence us even if unnoticed.

Helinä Hukkataival. Grey. 2012. © Helinä Hukkataival.