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Naisvuori parliament

Artwork: Naisvuori parliament, environmental artwork
Artist: Jaana Partanen
Material: Rock (words engraved and gilded)


Jaana Partanen's environmental artwork Naisvuori's Parliament was on display at M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art in Mikkeli in 2021. The biennale presents Eastern Finnish artists and their diverse professional skills. The theme for 2021 was artistic views of the best possible world, utopia. Naisvuori Parliament was inspired by current scientific research and the history of its location. The final form of the work is also the sum of coincidences.

Naisvuori Parliament was originally supposed to be in the Lokki Cave and a media work. In the cave from which Mannerheim sat in his wooden barracks and directed warfare during World War II. However, during the maintenance of the cave, 800 kg of stone fell from the roof and the cave became completely unusable. The work process of the artwork had to start over.

The work eventually developed so that the Naisvuori plateau, just above Lokki Cave, was chosen as the site of the work. And the material chosen was, well, of course a stone. The words on the stones are engraved and gilded. Selected words that hold together our world. As well as confusing words whose meaning is difficult to understand, even if they guide our world and our perceptions of the universe in one way or another.

Naisvuori Parliament is part of the Partanen Space Alchemy trilogy. The work challenges the viewer to reflect on their own thoughts and the deepest secrets of the universe. The artist has received support for the implementation of the work from the Arts Council of North Savo operating under the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

One of the seven stones, "eternity". © Picture Pa-La

Jaana Partanen, creator of the Naisvuori Parliament. © Picture Pa-La

Creativity is needed in many ways. © Picture Pa-La

The work of art consists of a total of seven stones and seven words. © Picture Pa-La

Artist in her work. © Picture Pa-La


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