Kristoffer Ala-Ketola (*1991, Finland)
2017, Finland and United States, 8:14 min.
English; no subtitles
Composing and Sound design: Maria Korkeila
3D Animation: Eetu Sihvonen
VAFT screening: Relationships Thu 23.5. ◷ 18-20 @ Kino Diana
The video combines elements from Finnish culture that can be seen as clichés with similar elements from gay culture. Subjects like loneliness, anxiety, sauna, and karaoke create a unity that reflects the identity of the artist and how it has been modified by the cultural structures. Ala-Ketola places the idea of adapting to a culture into the center of the work and considers how the process of adapting creates anxiety. The video is filmed in the Finnish national landscape by the shore of the lake Pielinen in the national park of Koli in early spring of 2017.
Kristoffer Ala-Ketola is a Finnish artist who works multidisciplinarily between moving image, photography and installation art. Ala-Ketola graduated from the University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts in 2016 and is now doing his master's studies in Yale School of Art in the United States.