Last Birds (Viimeiset linnut, 2016)

Experimental documentary, 15 min 10 sec, stereo sound, HD video. Request password for preview via email.

Last Birds is an homage to the industrial glassblowing tradition and the skills of a glassblower. The piece was shot at Nuutajärvi village, where the oldest glass factory in Finland was located until 2014.

The storyline revolves around a young glassblower Kirsi Anttila and her family. In the core of a glassblower’s craftmanship are delicate motor skills combined with quick reaction speed and the ability to negotiate with the designer of the product. Kirsi Anttila worked at the Nuutajärvi Glass Factory for over a decade, collaborating with e.g. the renowned Finnish designer Oiva Toikka.

The glass factory was the main source of livelihood in the area and the heart of the Nuutajärvi village for over two centuries. It had an important role in the production of Finnish design and art glass, influencing the national image and the creation of the Finnish design brand after the World War II. However, the community specialized in industrial artisanry begun its swan song as the factory’s codetermination negotiations to lay off staff started in 2013.

Nuutajärvi is a typical example of a small locality that loses its livelihood, based on specialized skills, in the hands of globalization and the pressures of streamlining. The changes taking place in the community surrounding Kirsi Anttila speak also about a larger societal shift which affects us all. Hanna Maria Anttila’s Last Birds follows the final working days of the Nuutajärvi factory, the life of Kirsi Anttila’s family, the last spring fete at the village school and the abandoning of the factory.

The production of Last Birds has been supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland and AVEK/Elena Näsänen

International festival premier
Oberhausen short film festival, Germany, 11.–16.5.2017

Domestic festival premier
30th Helsinki international film festival Love and Anarchy 4.–24.9.2017

Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki Finland, 28.10.–20.11.2016 (solo exhibition)

GREETINGS FROM SUOMI, Fiskars, Finland 14.5.-24.9.2017 (group exhibition)

Helsinki Art Museum HAM audiotorium, 16.6..2017-30.7.2017 (group exhibition) Modern Life 

Via (Läpi, 2003)

Installation views from Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki City Art Museum, December 2003. Each screen 140 cm x 105 cm.
Installation views from Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki City Art Museum, December 2003. Each screen 140 cm x 105 cm.

“Via” is an installation of two synchronized video projections. Individual video tracks are projected onto two rear projection screens. These screens are translucent and suspended in the air. They seem to float inside the darkened room.

An image of moving forwards is projected onto the right screen.
An image of moving away is projected onto the left screen.

The video and audio tracks are synchronized loops. The opposing screens/viewpoints of “Via” define a sculptural space – a rupture, an opening through which time and space flow. The speed of the movement varies, slowing down to a complete stand still and accelerating to fast movement. The footage was shot in Finland and New York. The pictures are of cityscapes, roads, train tracks, views from cars, trams and train windows.

Untitled (1999)

Series of four B&W photographs mounted on aluminium, each 100 cm x 100 cm, collection of Helsinki Art Museum.

Milk (Maito, 2000)

An installation (2000) of two 14” analogue TV-monitors placed next to each other in a dark room. Two synchronized video channels. Loop duration: 3 min. Silent.

The woman on the right drinks a glassful of milk. The woman on the left spits the same amount into her own glass. The consumed substance is transported through the monitors’ physical boundaries. They turn their gaze towards the viewer. One of them blinks her eyes. The other one licks her lips. They appear almost identical; like two sides of the same persona. They turn their faces to profile. The direction of the movement reverses – the liquid is transported from the left TV-monitor to the right one. The loop is seamless.