PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARK BERNDT
Felicia Honkasalo has a Masters from the Department of Time-based Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki (Finland) and a BA in Photography from Camberwell College of Arts, London (UK). Her first artist book, Grey Cobalt, was published by Loose Joints in 2019 (UK).
In her work, she explores the relationship between memory and history and the borderlines between life and death, human and animal. She is deeply intrigued by what it is that makes us human, and how our ever changing relationship to the surrounding world affects the way we tell stories, build belief systems and create histories. Her work is heavily research-based and she is interested in collaborative practices, usually creating works together with artists from different fields. She creates installations usually consisting of text, photography, sculpture and video.
For the past 6 years she was also part of the HNV Collective. Their recent works Atomic and Lazarus were shown at RIBOCA2 (Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art) and Helsinki Biennial respectively. The collective’s work expanded variously to take in the metanarratives of history, medicine, phenomenology and time. The collective collaborated with a range of specialists, including palaeontologists, physicists, archaeologists, soldiers from military special forces and microsurgeons.