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Riikka Kuoppala

artist  |  Riikka Kuoppala

Lille

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Riikka Kuoppala is a Finnish visual artist and filmmaker currently based in Lille, France. Riikka's artistic practice develops around short films and videos and is informed by experimental cinema and socially engaged art. She makes narrative films and videos, which portray mental and psychological spaces instead of actual events. The characters in her films often use their memories as stories that help them survive an identity crisis or a trauma. ... Read more
Riikka Kuoppala is a Finnish visual artist and filmmaker currently based in Lille, France.

Riikka's artistic practice develops around short films and videos and is informed by experimental cinema and socially engaged art. She makes narrative films and videos, which portray mental and psychological spaces instead of actual events. The characters in her films often use their memories as stories that help them survive an identity crisis or a trauma. She often presents them trying to find ways to relate to historical events or personal tragedies.

On the other hand, Riikka has a social practice, which consists of site-specific and collaborative projects, and is more hands-on political. Previous projects include collaborative food installations and work realised together with the Sami and Mari communities.

"As an artist, I see it as my responsibility both to give new meanings for familiar imagery and to produce alternative representations. That will, at least, help to take another look at the existing power relations that surround us." Read less
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