Valentina Karga

OUR COMING COMMUNITY

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In Our Coming Community, Valentina Karga addresses the future shape and shared values of a local community by creating a collective totem consisting of a ceramic sculpture and video. The project is a response to the current situation of global crises and financialized abstraction, where the lack of concrete values, of a tangible commons seems to crumble the foundations of modern western culture. The totem symbolises the community’s shared values, giving them a material form. It is a conceptual pillar that will break through the fear of change, and support ‘our coming community’.

The sculpture was created at the ceramics workshop of Saunabaari community centre, where the participants met to sculpt and glaze their own totem modules, and to share their values in video speeches. Also recorded on the video is the community centre’s sing-along group, performing the quintessential Finnish tango ‘ the Fabled Land’ whose lyrics long for a better world beyond the sea.

— Minna Tarka

The project has been produced by m-cult, with the support of Collaborative Arts Partnership Programe and Helsinki city.

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Ceramics expert

Heli Mattila

Collaborators

Valentina Karga, Elina Juvonen, Marja Oksa-Pallasvuo, Katja Parpala, Eila Hämäläinen, Heli Mattila, Siiri & Sanna Sipi, Heta Nääs, Jasmin Sainio, Risto Räihä

Singers

Anja Lehtinen, Pirkko Moisio, Tapani Kontiala, Pirjo Moll, Liisa Airaksinen, Liisa Björkman, Laila Purja, Ylermi Tikanoja, Aliisa Nyman, Raija Katajamäki, Seppo Pirhonen, Riitta Ekholm, Raimo Painio, Hilkka Hakkanen, Marita Kätkytniemi

Musicians

Keijo Korhonen, Jussi Jääskeläinen

Satumaa – tango

Unto Mononen, säv.&san.

Videography

Kalle Kuisma

Photogrammetry

Juuso Salmela

3D animations and video edit

Valentina Karga

Video and photo background attributions

SS Timelapse – Planets Rising (03 Ottobre 2015) by AstronautiCAST

Aurora borealis timelapse – polar reflections autumn 2013 by Harriniva Hotels&Safaris

Fog In Sairme by Giga Gabriel Jobava

Chalkidiki Sea by Valentina Karga

Bees in Desert Ash Tree by zuditaka

Dry lake bed by Jennifer Bayers

Photo by Heli Mattila

Lion by Dinah Hunt

Flock of gulls against the blue sky by Free stock footage

Sunrise – Sonnenaufgang (timelapse) // FREE Royalty Stock FULL HD Footage // by der Naut

Thank you

Keijo Korhonen, Saunabaari, Maunulan Mediapaja, Saunabaarin yhteislauluryhmä, Valofirma, Jelle van der Beek/Puuguru, Kaisa Kukkonen

Photo documentation

Jaime Culebro, Minna Tarkka

Translation

Minna Tarkka

Production

m-cult 2016