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Maarit Mustonen

Born: 1986
Nationality: Finnish
Based in: Finland
Media: Cross Discipline, Photography, Sculpture / Installation, Sound / Performance, Other
Content: Conceptual, Immaterial, Spiritual

Website: http://maaritmustonen.com

My artistic practice circles the relationship between language and body. I have explored questions such as translation, speech acts, and misperformances in between the lines and between the bodies. The idea of touch has a central position in this exploration: touch of a hand or touch of words both carry a potential of change. Images, writing, and movement are parallel ways of communication that intertwine together. Materials and moments turn into linguistic, but at the same time language unfolds to a manifold.

I combine conceptual, experimental and poetic approaches in my artistic practice. By working I have come to the following notions:

Text is image as long as it is not being read. The act of reading breaks the image and turns it into text.
Writing and reading are movement – movement of words and thoughts; movement of a gaze; movement of the writing hand or the hand that turns the page; movement of bodies in relation to other bodies, objects, and other texts.
Language assumes a body. Poetry has power and chance to challenge the conventions of language, and this way also the conventions of thinking and a body.

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"Maarit Mustonen" (2016). Group meeting of 9 Maarit Mustonens.

"WATER FALL" (2016). Performance with Anne Naukkarinen. Duration: 40 minutes

"WATER FALL" (2016). Performance with Anne Naukkarinen. Duration: 40 minutes

"Untitled" (2016). Projected sentence.

"Poems" (2016). Photocopies, window painting.

"Poems" (2016). Photocopies, window painting.

"Poems" (2016) in Nuori Voima magazine's poetry issue 2016.

"Exercises for a Sensitive Voice" (2014). Text and its mirror image in an exhibition catalogue.

"Translation / Turn" (2014). Series of three photographs (90 x 70 cm), text.

"Translation / Turn" (2014). Series of three photographs (90 x 70 cm), text. Installation view.

"Translator`s Note" (2015). Performance with Anne Naukkarinen (dance, choreography) and Valentina Roselli (reader).

"Translator`s Note" (2015). Performance with Anne Naukkarinen (dance, choreography) and Valentina Roselli (reader).

"On the I`m/material" (2015). Installation / sculpture (85 x 85 x 15 cm). Ash, text, glass, unfired clay. Detail.

"On the I`m/material" (2015). Installation / sculpture (85 x 85 x 15 cm). Ash, text, glass, unfired clay. Detail.

"My Yes, Your Yes" (2015). Performance with dance artist Anne Naukkarinen.

"My Yes, Your Yes" (2015). Performance with dance artist Anne Naukkarinen.

"Without Asking a Wave" (2015). Series of 31 photocopies, A3 office paper.