How to keep on repairing something irretrievably broken, and other pieces about a world’s end
8, 9 & 10.1.2019
Tue 8 th of Jan: 16 - 20
Wed 9 th of Jan: 14 - 18
Thu 10 th of Jan: 14 - 18
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It all started from the internalization of the current estimate that “due to the climate change the humankind has only a 50 percent chance of survival to the next century on this planet.” The world I know and so deeply love is dying and we are dying with it.
This process has emerged from the need to deal with the grief and hopelessness that arise from this finality and lost futures. How to face the death of our planet, our mutual home, or the extinction of humankind. I am pondering what matters when we are looking at the end in the horizon or on the other hand, if there is something I could do. How can an individual help the planet, the humankind, or their loved ones? How to keep on living a good life on a dying planet and not fall into despair?
How to keep on repairing something irretrievably broken is one part of this larger whole. It is a dance with finality and a manifest for hope and care. It is an exploration of resilience and a question of meaning. It is a seemingly pointless act of repairing over and over something fundamentally broken. Yet it is something that can be done when nothing seem to matter. It is a conscious decision not to give up but to keep on repairing, healing, loving.
How to keep on repairing something irretrievably broken is a continual, long-durational performance in which I am tearing apart and sewing back together a piece of fabric. I have already worked with the piece for countless hours and will continue the work for three days at Third Space. Time working with the piece is time spent on grieving, building up persistence, and thinking solutions. I choose to believe they exist.
Julia Kukkonen is a visual artist, innovator and gentle radical activist. She was born in 1988 in Kuopio and currently lives nomadically changing place and country. She is tirelessly looking for ways to live responsibly and sustainably in here with each and every being, and values art and actions that can be felt in the real world. She is living in an ever-wondrous world full of magic.
Arts Promotion Centre Finland has supported her work.