In her performance Alphabets of Performance Art, Leena performs with the materials and objects that are typical for performance art. The performance is based on15 years of research within the art form. She has selected 26 different materials and objects that form the language of the performance art and she will perform them from A to Z. If A is an apple, what do you think P could be? Paint, paper, piss?
Te Uru, Learning Centre Gallery
12 February, 7.30pm
Leena Kela (1979, Finland) is a performance artist whose work evolves from observing everyday life and phenomena. She has presented over hundred performances in performance art festivals in Finland and across Europe as well as in Northern America, Southern America and Russia. She has MA in Performance Art and Theory (Theatre Academy, Helsinki 2010) and is currently doing her PhD studies at The Academy of Fine Arts, the University of the Arts Helsinki. She works as an artistic co-director at the New Performance Turku Festival and as a co-curator of the Mad House production house for performance in Helsinki.
They Come from Far Away is a live performance series featuring a mixture of visiting artists from Finland, Germany, the UK, across Aotearoa and other places. The series will explore notions of the familiar/unfamiliar, being alien/belonging, being foreign/local and being seen/unseen.
Co-curated by Leena Kela (Finland), Christopher Hewitt (Germany) with Titirangi’s Mark Harvey, the series will be situated in and around Te Uru, as well as in locations plotted around the surrounding environment.
Artists include: Antti Laitinen, Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Pilvi Porkola in collaboration with Claire O'Neil, Matthew Cowan, Leena Kela, val smith, Stephen Bain and Nisha Madhan, Joshua Sofaer, Oblivia, Mark Harvey and Sean Curham.
Kindly supported by the Chartwell Trust, FRAME, Arts Promotion Center Finland and TINFO.
Camera and editing by Daniel Strang.
Performed on Friday 12 February, 2016
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery