THE FEMALE PLAYGROUND
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
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.
(THE ALTERNATIVE EDITION)
Detail: Sleeping Beauty
PS. wind up my beauty sleep
Try again, Butterfly
Fly away Little Bird
(scanned petals à la
Reflection of girl behind sunglasses
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
- A difficult choice or decision that must
Rite of regression
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