Distant Affinities

Kika Nicolela

2009, colour/B&W


Video Installation with 4 videos. Made during the Sumu Art Residency in Turku, Finland (February - March 2009), each video uses a different strategy on its investigation about cultural stereotypes and identities, differences and similarities.

Let Me In!, 105:00, 960.10
The Brazilian artist gives an interview to a local newspaper, saying that she would like to be invited by strangers to have dinner at their homes. She receives some invitations and schedules one dinner per night for a week. This video is an account of these encounters.

What do you think of me?, 16:18, 960.11
The Brazilian artist invites local people to shoot her with a camera and describe her in Finnish.

Dance!, 3:15, 960.15
The video presents two images in parallel: on the left, women dancing samba on the streets of São Paulo, rehearsing for the carnival parade; on the right, women dancing, presenting a show on the ferry going from Stockholm, Sweden to Turku, Finland.

Brazil?, 6:11, 960.16
The artist creates a blog in which she launches the question: "What do you imagine about Brazil and Brazilian people?" This video was made with the answers she received from Finnish people and other foreigners.

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