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Garden - Recession time paradise?
Garden (2009), the third part of an animation trilogy by Pirjetta Brander
(b. 1970), a multitalented visual artist who fearlessly tackles topical
subjects, will see its Finnish premier at FRAME's Project Room, Cable
Factory, on 18 March 2009. The animation completes the triptych alongside
the two previously released animations, Purgatory (2007) and Single Room
A garden acted as the starting point for the trilogy's third part, but
Brander who is known for her critical thinking did not simply transform the
idea into a paradise space full of flowers, fruit trees and useful plants.
Instead, she has given us a negation of a garden: the rise and fall of a
hedonistic garden created by a highly charged industrial culture. In this
garden, factory chimneys bring about the idea of paradise and carry
industrial products: wine bottles, sausages, donuts and ice cream, all
referring to abundance and feast parties. The paradise's table is set with
products of abundance - pleasure and happiness are results of consuming,
eating and drinking.
Brander's work, which resembles a living painting, is particularly topical
in recession time Finland: a party time is inevitably followed by a
downturn - the paradise turns to hell.
The soundscape composed by Raoul Björkenheim creates a musical garden.
Guitar sounds grow to baroque grandeur and resemble the gentle tinkling of
the Finnish string-instrument Kantele, suggesting the innocence associated
Invitation to the preview
The preview of Garden will be held at FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange
(4th floor, Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 C, Helsinki, Finland) on
Wednesday 18 March 2009.
2D animation, 3 min 54 sec, 2009. The whole animation trilogy, including
Single Room, Purgatory and Garden, can also be seen at the Forum Box video
viewing facility (Ruoholahdenranta 3 A, Helsinki, Finland) between 3-30
Le Nuage Noir
The French Musée Mac/Val commissioned Pirjetta Brander to make a serigraph
for International Women's Day. The launch of “Le Nuage noir” screen-print
and its poster was held in connection with a Women's Day event in Créteil,
Paris on 5 March 2009. The print will also be exhibited at Musée Mac/Val
throughout the spring 2009.
MAC/VAL, Val-de-Marne Museum of Contemporary Art, Place de la Libération,
More about the triptych:
Directing, paintings, cutouts: Pirjetta Brander
Scriptwriting, animation: Laura Palosaari
Music, sound design: Raoul Björkenheim
Alfred Kordelin Foundation
AVEK / Milla Moilanen
AVEK / Heidi Tikka
G & W Lehtinen Foundation
Arts Council of Finland / Media Art
Bird Productions 2009
Previous parts of the work:
Single Room (2007)
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