Marita Marita Liulia on the trail of religion
Liulia’s multimedia work Choosing My Religion compares the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto.
Liulia views religions as an artist, as a researcher, and as a woman. This integrated set of works is made up of individual artworks that draw on the stories and visual worlds of the nine religions, along with factual works that set out their founding ideas.
The exhibition now opening at Kiasma incorporates photographic works, paintings, installations and religious objects. In the photographs Liulia appears in the roles of scholar and priest, not something that religions normally permit to women. The paintings reflect the influence of oriental art.
Liulia’s interest in contemporary dance and technology has resulted in a piece called Jumalattaren paluu (Return of the Goddess), in which Virpi Pahkinen dances in a holographic projection. There are also documentary films that take us on a journey with the artist into the process by which the works came about.
The religion information pack that also forms part of the project is on the Internet at: www.maritaliulia. com/cmr. The website sets out the basic ideas of the religions and parallels their concepts of the world, the human being, god(s), life and death.
The exhibition and website are accompanied by the art book Choosing My Religion published by Maahenki. In it Marita Liulia and scholar of religion Terhi Utriainen write about the place of religion in the contemporary world.
The highly versatile, prize-winning media artist Marita Liulia is internationally one of Finland’s best-known contemporary artists. Her works have been shown in more than 40 countries. Further information: www.maritaliulia.com
The exhibition is on the fifth floor at Kiasma 13.2-19.4.2009. From Kiasma it goes on to Tampere Art Museum and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Turku during 2009, and to the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, in 2010.
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Choosing My Religion – uskotoja jäljittämässä
Kurator: Jari-Pekka Vanhala