“Unboxing humans” is a norm critical video art project that examines the relationship between individuals and society from the perspective of prejudices and presuppositions. Our physical attributes such as gender, age, color of our skin, the number of our limbs, the way we move and talk make us who we are but they also define us in the eyes of the society. In our culture some physical attributes associate with intelligence and beauty when some are seen as a sign of incompetence or inept. This means there’s no such thing as neutral visible, physical attribute. By judging and categorising we put people into boxes that they don’t necessarily feel comfortable being in. The concept of a box is ambiguous though - it can be a symbol of prejudiced thinking and narrow-mindedness but it can also resemble a hiding place, safety and the outer layer of our identity. Artist Katriina Haikala asked the people who participated in the making of “Unboxing Humans” -video: How would you like to be seen and defined? What does the box symbolize to you?
Unboxing Humans is produced together with The Finnish Association Of People With Physical Disabilities.