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THE FEMALE PLAYGROUND

Tina Jokitalo


Tina Jokitalo © 2019

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The Female Playground (2011-13)

- three series and two videos

DRIFTING SWEEP (the alternative edition, 2011-12)

The echoes of a girl, a faded memory. She is the voice of the poem ‘Self of a girl’,

that was inspired by the book 'Creme Fraiche' by Suzanne Brøgger and the notorious

assertion by Simone de Beauvoir; 'One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman'.

CONUNDRUM (2012) - including video RAG THE DOLL

The 'Conundrum' - series is exploring feminism and the concept of the female object in

visual arts.

STATE OF MIND video (2012)

Inspired by the life and destiny of Hypatia, this video is a compilation of the

projection material that was made for a play called 'Hypatia'.

ACT OF IMPRESSION (2013)

‘Act of impression’ - series is acting out the female presence, disguised as mother

nature. Alongside the knowledge that the impressionists were inspired by the

photography itself, I reversed the state of impression into the language of a lucid

illusion, dismantled and staged in four acts. 'Act of impression' celebrates the strength

of being a woman, but it is also questioning the myth of the female role.


I want to try to understand

how a dance on a tightrope

may be a condition of life.

A burden of one’s own choice.

A must. Perhaps an escape.

Suzanne Brøgger wrote,

that even the best parents are for a child

Self of a girl

- a limitation.

Once you are an adult, anything is possible

only then you can be a child.

So I wonder about this girl,

who has given place to the woman

and the mother,

how they can live in peace and joy;

when the wind howls and swing the rope.

I console myself,

that however the world may sway,

we take hold of each others hands

before the following step.


DRIFTING SWEEP

(THE ALTERNATIVE EDITION)

Detail: Sleeping Beauty

PS. wind up my beauty sleep


Try again, Butterfly


Fly away Little Bird


Period


Pin-up

(scanned petals à la

inkblot test)


Reflection of girl behind sunglasses


Make Up


CONUNDRUM

Editions 3

Etymology


A word of unknown origin, probably

coined in burlesque imitation of scholastic

Latin, as 'hocus-pocus' or 'pajandrum'.

- A difficult question or riddle, especially

one using a play on words in the

answer

- A difficult choice or decision that must

be made

Source: Wiktionary

Rite of regression


Appeal


Stand-in


Cruise Her Fiction

Installation view of ‘Rag The Doll’ -video


RAG THE DOLL

Digital photographs animated as one minute loop

Screenshot from video


STATE OF MIND Video, 1min 56 sec

Screenshot from video

“Hypatia, My Dear

Bear in Mind, state of mind

Fearless girl of a woman

Take the key to Her Future”


ACT OF IMPRESSION

ACT I: The Rose Garden • PRUNE • (I Never Promised You)


ACT II: Niche • LURE • Where the Wild Roses Grow


ACT III: The Woods • HOOK • ... do us part


ACT IV: Freeze • SHOVE • Rose among the Roots


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