Vieraskirja
(Guest book)
Paper, pen, oak frame with museum glass
47 x 59 cm
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Video (20 min) and xerox print (A4)
Three students of linguistics interviewed all Maarit Mustonens on the group meeting day. My interview is shown together with one page from the written analysis written by the students based on the interviews.
Interviewer: Elina Lasma, camera: Saila Salonen, sound recording: Elina Lasma, editing: Maarit Mustonen, text: Elina Lasma, Emma Perälä and Reita Kööpikkä 
Nimen perusteella 
(Based on the Name)  
Video (12 min) 
Framed cards (cardboard, paper, ink, white correction tape, staples, 21 x 33 cm each, 10 pieces of which 5 on exhibit)
On the video eight Maarit Mustonens read to each other texts that answer the question: ”What kind of
a person is Maarit Mustonen based on the impressions their name arouses?” The texts were written by
a group of linguistics students before meeting anyone of that name. In the autumn 2016 the students at the Helsinki University participated a course on name and identity that was organized parallel to Maarit Mustonens’ group meeting. On the video Maarit Mustonens see and hear the texts for the first time.
The video was shown together with the text cards read aloud on the video. For the exhibition I erased
the name on the cards  – the descriptions lost their original starting point and became independent, open descriptions of fictive characters.
Filming: Aleksi Närvä, sound recording: Tumoas, assistance: Saila Salonen and Tuuli Aaltio
Äidit ja tyttäret 
(Mothers And Daughters) 
Ballpoint pen on grid paper
47 x 59 cm 
Quotation of a conversation between Maarit Mustonen and her mother in the novel Kundi kesätukkainen by Tuija Lehtinen. Written by hand for the exhibition by my mom:
Voi sinua, Maarit. Milloin sie oikein opit erottamaan toden ja unelmat?
(Oh, dear Maarit. When will you learn to tell the difference between reality and dreams?)
Kundi kesätukkainen 
(Guy With Summer Hair)


Performance (12 hours)
Design for the book cover

I read from cover to cover Tuija Lehtinen’s young adults’ novel Kundi kesätukkainen (Guy With Summer Hair), published by Otava in 1996. The protagonist of the novel is a 16-year-old Maarit Mustonen. The novel tells a story of Maarit who moves from a small town to Helsinki to start a high school. She aspires to become a writer, falls in love, and struggles with creative work. The story is written in first person. 
The duration of the performance was 12 hours. During the reading I moved around the gallery space and its courtyard. I wore a wireless microphone that transmitted my voice to a loudspeaker placed in the entrance hall of the gallery.
Due to the reading performance the Otava publishing company printed a new edition of the book. I drew a new cover image for the edition.
Photos of the performance by Mia Saarinen (1.-2.), Verna Kovanen (3.) and Aleksi Närvä (4.).
The exhibition was supported by Arts Promotion Center Finland, Finnish Art Society, Finnish Cultural Foundation / Uusimaa Regional Fund and VISEK.
Kuka (Who)
Solo exhibition
Gallery Hippolyte studio, Helsinki
2017
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