Elina Tuhkanen

This event, hosted at the Hollywood Theatre , is in conjunction with Elina Tuhkanen’s solo exhibition, Pilose Crux: Performative Sculptures from Finland , showing  at Nationale August 10 – September 4, 2011.  A small selection of videos will be screened with commentary by Tuhkanen, followed by a panel discussion on art, ecology, and artist residencies featuring Tuhkanen, co-curator Emily Henderson , Finnish artist— and co-founder of the Mustarinda Artist Residency— Alma Heikkilä , and Portland poet Alicia Cohen , Ph.D. Within the dialogue, Cohen will offer an eco-critical and symbolic perspective, tying together similarities between the Pacific Northwest and Finland, while Henderson will co-moderate the discussion and provide context for this international exchange.

In this casual discussion, we will explore themes ranging from the concept of ecology fueling artistic practice to ideas of how art can be a vehicle for environmental and cultural change. The conversation will also give an opportunity for visiting Finnish artists Tuhkanen and Heikkilä to elaborate on each of their own art practices and talk about being co-founders and administrators of the Mustarinda Residency and Association in Finland.


Foliae Lucubratio (Leaves Working by Lamplight)
4:3 2008 3.50 min
This video will be shown in two repeating parts, a silent version of the sequence before the original version with sound. Tuhkanen is interested in the viewers inventing their own story for the silent image and in their reaction for the audible version.

With Regret I was a Haole
4:3 2008 2 min
Boundaries are crossed on multiple levels.

It was more than this
4:3 2010 3 min
Searching for life in a photograph.



Friday, August 12