director laika maa
Maa studies her relation to the exhibition and its relation to the world surrounding it in this claustrophobic encapsulation performed and shot within 3 days at the Repin exhibition. Endlessly referential, of eastern as well as western culture, the Helsinki based production uses as its base a script written in English, translated to Russian and subtitled back to Finnish for it’s principal audience.
The script consists of a single conversation between “The Man” and “The Woman”, written by the 22-year-old trans creator, that it utilises as the production delves into universal experiences of dread, longing, deceit, hope and the conundrum of whether or not to believe, whatever the subject at hand might be.
The production group of The Many Not Lives Of One Ilya Repin is a diverse team of professionals and art students from Finland and Russia.
Watch the performance (duration 11 minutes)
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The production was overseen by Mari Jalkanen, Public Programme Producer, and Timo Nurminen, Technical Supervisor, from The Ateneum Art Museum.