Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Anni Puolakka: Diamond Belly, 2018. Video still. © Anni Puolakka
Anni Puolakka: Diamond Belly, 2018. Video still. © Anni Puolakka

02.06.2020 - 27.09.2020

Anni Puolakka: Diamond Belly

Anni Puolakka's work is on display in the media space of Touch exhibition. Staged as a conversation with an artificial intelligence chatbot, Diamond Belly explores love and companionship between a human artist, the bot and mosquitoes. The human offers their body as a nourishing 'baguette' to the diamond-bellied mosquitoes, envisioning the flies' bio-chemistry in complementary with their own haematic cycle.

Duration: 11 min 15 sec

Anni Puolakka is a visual and performance artist based in Helsinki and Rotterdam. They incorporate biographical and documentary materials into fictional worlds in videos, performances, video installations and images. The works play with the boundaries and potential of humans as they seek meaningful and vibrant – sometimes drowsy or ambivalent – involvement with other beings and materials. Puolakka’s work is often collaborative and situated between visual art, performance, theater and cinema. Their works have recently been shown at Kim? (Riga), No Moon (NYC), Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Le Lieu Unique (Nantes), Kiasma Museum of Modern Art (Helsinki), and Performance Space (Sydney).

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