Kristiina Koskentola, solo show
Lumen Travo presents a solo show by Koskentola entitled, Gold Coins to the Headsmen, in which she reflects on the relationship between humans and animals. She presents a series of interrelated works in different media that explore dialogical and inclusive relationships, ethical, material and spiritual connections between the human and it’s others.
These projects unfold from an encounter with a herd of rams, raised for their meat, in Finland. This confrontation led to intensive collaboration and choreography between the artist and these animals. Through the act of blindfolding of both of the co-actors, the human and the animal, the artist examines our position of simultaneously producers and products, as well as being victims within the capitalist and the anthropocentric systems, through which we all ultimately end up killing and cannibalizing ourselves.
The title Gold Coins to the Headsmen (title of the video piece in the show) reflects on an old custom, in which the ones to be executed were advised to bribe the headsman (executioner) to ensure that he would sharpen his tools, especially if the execution involved decapitation.
Singing/composition in the video work by Jonimatti Joutsijärvi.
On show by request at the gallery: New photoworks by Margret Wibmer