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Kaarina Kaikkonen - ARE WE STILL GOING ON?

Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen creates site-specific installations in both interior and exterior spaces using items of used clothing or shoes collected from local donors. The garments carry personal memories of the owner, and with them, she makes large-scale architectural forms or sculptures. While the materials she uses represent a common experience of domestic life, they also often allude to the artists' own parents - her deceased father's jackets as well as her mother's shoes.

In a new project, she collects second hand clothing from individuals of all ages around the Liverpool area, and installs them in FACT's public Atrium. The work reflects on the maternal act of doing the laundry, which can be understood as a basic symbol of healing, care, and unconditional love.


Kaarina Kaikkonen uses a thousand dress shirts donated by people from the DC area to construct a large-scale, site-specific hanging installation that takes the shape of a boat. On display February 19-March 17, during the "Nordic Cool 2013 Festival" at The Kennedy Center.

The Blue Route is a new installation by leading Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen commissioned with Brighton Festival for spring 2013. This short film forms part of the gallery interpretation and details Kaarina's work and her approach to this exhibition. Fabrica co-director also gives some context to the commissioning of this piece. The film was made by Ben Harding and Tom Thistlewaite and produced by Laurence Hill.

Kaarina Kaikkonen discusses her work and her process in this artist talk which took place at Fabrica, 24 April 2013. Fabrica worked with Kaikkonen in collaboration with Brighton Festival to bring two major new site-specific works to Brighton and Hove, one piece for the gallery (The Blue Route) and the other at an outdoor location in the city (Time Passing By). This co-commission by Fabrica and Brighton Festival is part of Out of the Blue, a collaborative project involving six organisations in Brighton & Hove and Amiens (France), funded by the Interreg IVa Channel programme of cross-border collaboration.