| Fanni Niemi-Junkola
*1962, Tampere. Lives in Helsinki.
What is the difference between a film or a television documentary and video art? Fanni Niemi-Junkola answers: "When watching a film or a documentary the viewer always remains separated from what h/she sees. H/she can identify with it, but not experience it... In visual art installations the visual experience is induced by the possibility of a personal physical experience." The visitor can look through the lens and at the same time watch his/her own image as a viewer appear in the picture field.
In her films and video projections Fanni Niemi-Junkola attempts a confrontation with art as immediate as possible, analysing the image of women from a feminist angle.
Her video projection for Manifesta 2 shows scenes recorded at the "Kings Kakadu" night club in Helsinki. This club is renowned for its cabaret and striptease performances. Several video screens all over the club give the spectator the impression of participating in the show. By means of this device the actor is always visually present while being physically absent.