All Images: © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Eyes as Big as Plates是一个由芬兰艺术家Riitta Ikonen与挪威艺术家Karoline Hjorth两人共同合作的有趣好玩的项目。他们在芬兰和挪威就地取材，用植物让老人们扮演成当地民间传说中的主角，演绎神话和想象，展现出民族特色，视觉美感和艺术魅力。
Eyes as Big as Plates is an ongoing collaborative venture between Riitta Ikonen (Finland) and Karoline Hjorth (Norway)
Ikonen and Hjorth met during an artist residency in Sandnes, Norway in May 2011, where the first part of the series was produced in collaboration with local senior heroes, sailors, retired agronomes and 90-year old parachuters. The project was exhibited for the first time in Sandnes in May, before being presented at Pecha Kucha in Oslo in September. In January-February 2012 the series was shown at the Finnish-Norwegian Culture Institute in Oslo, and NRK’s Nasjonalgalleriet (national television) ran a program about the project, featuring the artists on a shoot in the swamps of Oslo.
During the summer of 2012 the series was also exhibited in the Camouflage show at Kiasma in Helsinki and a group show in Seibu, Tokyo. As the series got its first exposures abroad, the production also moved over the boarder to Ikonen’s home turf in Pohjois-Karjala. Part two of Eyes as Big as Platespresents Pohjois-Karjala seniors through references of familiar characters and protagonists of Finnish folklore, infused with the participating local seniors’ own stories and personal relationship to folklore, myths and imagination.
For the Recess Session in Redhook Eyes as Big as Plates continues with a multidisciplinary visual art and performance program for the senior residents of New York, with its myriad nationalities and personalities.
About the artists:
Finnish artist Riitta Ikonen graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008. She has since had installations at Tate Britain in London, developed concepts for the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority and exhibited most recently at the Photographer’s Gallery in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki.
Karoline Hjorth is based in Oslo and works as a photographer, journalist and sailor. She graduated from University of Westminster, London in 2009. Her photographic work has
received the Deloitte Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London and exhibited last year in Tokyo, London, Oslo and Kiasma in Helsinki, amongst others. Her book
Mormormonologene (Nana Monologues) was published in 2011 (second edition 2012).