The dialogue between the two artworks Birdcage 2015 by Marjo Levlin and Fängelsemammans vaggvisa ( The Jail Mother’s lullaby) 2010 by Kaija Maarika Penttala is a first attempt to a co-operation that was suggested by Penttala to Levlin in 2012. Chance brought the two artists together in another project (SUR l’eau REAL 2013) and Penttala had in 2010, after reading an article about Finnish mothers imprisoned with their children, made this composition.
The aim was to create a video work inspired by the music and the theme, and a first attempt to involve a real prisoner and a mother into the project was made in early summer 2015.
The piece was screened in Forum Box Gallery, Mediabox, Helsinki the fall of 2015.
Valtio+ exhibition in Kakola, Turku, curated by Arte ry.
The Huuto arists are used to operating beyond state instititutions. In the valtio + project(State+) the question arouse; How to act in a situation of imprisonment in Kakola jail for a month? Will the Huuto artists leave their marks in the prison or will the prison leave some marks on them?
The participating artists from Galleria Huuto are: Anni Arffman, Kaarina Haka, Vesa Hjort, Antti Hämäläinen, Beata Joutsen, Tanja Koponen, Niina Lehtonen-Braun, Marjo Levlin, Pasi Mälkiä, Reija Palo-oja, Sari Palosaari, Kaija Maarika Penttala, Paula Puoskari, Antti-Ville Reinikainen, Elina Strandberg, Kalle Turakka-Purhonen, Marja Viitahuhta and Heli Änkö.