The Sea Around Us
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
A two-channel video projection of artwork by Åland Islands video artist Rita Jokiranta shown on the harbourfront wall of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The artwork is a visual poem depicting the feeling of living on islands surrounded by the sea; it combines journeys through seascapes and landscapes, blended in layers with close-ups of waves and sea surfaces, creating mesmerizing views. The sea is in constant movement, sometimes it is a barrier, sometimes a way, but always fascinating with its beauty.
Running continuously from 8:15pm to midnight each day. Duration: 30 minutes.
Visual artist Rita Jokiranta works mainly with moving image, photography and installations, and also with light and sound. Multichannel experimental video installations are typical presentation forms for her and she also may include photographs, color filters or items in them and create soundscapes to the installations.
Rita Jokiranta’s art frequently explores the dynamic between image, event and interpretation. The viewer’s own interpretation has always been an essential aspect of her work, whether in video or photography. Images always contain a narrative. And yet we all tell this story in our own way, and she challenges us to reflect and to find new interpretations. Also the unreliability and fragmentation of memories, the narrativity of images and its changes, and how images represent the real world and how our world is interpreted through images are subjects that interest her. The videos may carry a story but sometimes it can only be seen as episodic fragments of simultaneously shown different events.
Since 1989, Rita Jokiranta’s works have been shown in numerous solo and group shows in Finland, Scandinavia, elsewhere in Europe, and in the United States. She has also made several public artworks, and is represented in a number of important collections. She lives and works in Mariehamn, the Åland Islands, Finland.